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01/14/2014 12:52 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Michael Cera And John Hawkes To Star In New FX Comedy 'How And Why'

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Michael Cera is coming back to the small screen. The "Arrested Development" star has been cast in FX's new comedy "How And Why" alongside "Deadwood" alum and Oscar nominee John Hawkes.

Hawkes will play Goodman Heselman, the host of the show within a show, who is replaced by a younger host and starts a similar show in a neighboring town. Cera will play the role of Mendelson, Heselman's new boss.

The comedy's initial description reads, "The story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life."

The pilot was written and directed by famed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, who's won two Academy Awards for "Being John Malkovich" and "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind." Kaufman will executive produce with Anthony Bregman, who also collaborated with him on "Eternal Sunshine."

The half-hour show will begin filming in North Carolina in the spring.

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