Amazon Studios has ordered a pilot for "The Onion Presents: The News," along with five other pilots with stars such as John Goodman and Bebe Neuwirth attached.
Tambor, who has been nominated for six Emmys during his career, will play David Everett, a respected longtime journalist who fears the ever-changing world of media. In other words, the character may very well be a (intentionally) comedic counterpart to Jeff Daniels' character on "The Newsroom."
Unlike The Onion's previous forays into episodic comedy on Comedy Central and IFC, this series will be a scripted, character-driven look behind the scenes at the fictional Onion News Network, a parody of a 24-hour cable news channel. The pilot will be directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, who received acclaim for directing "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas."
It will be produced by Will Graham and Dan Mirk, both of whom have been associated with Onion News Network for several years.
Between the Netflix-exclusive season of "Arrested Development," on which Tambor will reprise his role as George Bluth Sr., and "The Onion Presents: The News," Tambor seems to be embracing this new model for releasing scripted series. According to Deadline, he even passed on a network pilot in order to do the Onion series.