If re-Netflix-binge-ing Jay Baruchel's freshman antics on Undeclared is starting to get stale, never fear. The actor is set to return to the small screen with a starring role in FX's latest comedy pilot, Man Seeking Woman, based on SNL writer Simon Rich's book, The Last Girlfriend on Earth. (Never one to miss out on an SNL connection, Lorne Michaels will serve as an executive producer.)
The premise is simple: Baruchel plays a hapless romantic who is unceremoniously dumped, leaving him to flounder through the Kafkaesque misery pit that is, gasp, modern dating. Given the Craigslist-y vibe of the title, one might imagine a series of OK Cupid blunders, coffee-shop missed connections, etc., on and on. He will most certainly be Catfished at some point.
While idea of a gawky guy attempting to score may not seem all too revolutionary, or even scarce (see: HBO's Hello Ladies, which debuted this past September), this announcement represents yet another instance of high-quality comedy casting for FX. To date, pilots are in progress from Baruchel's fellow Undeclared alum Seth Rogen, the why-didn't-we-think-of-it-before dream team of Louis CK and Zach Galifianakis, and the I-didn't-even-know-I-wanted-it-but-now-it's-all-I-can-think-about odd couple that is Michael Cera and Charlie Kaufman, among others.
With the advent of its offshoot channel FXX in September of last year, it seemed like FX was streamlining itself for drama: Comedy juggernauts It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League moved over, while the likes of American Horror Story and Justified stayed put on FX proper. Now, though, it appears that the network was merely making room for even more half-hour comedy gold. Fingers crossed, then, that this star-studded pilot lineup lives up to its promise — or at the very least, that one of these shows can finally edge out those reruns of Two and a Half Men.