Comedian Andy Samberg is apparently following in the footsteps of fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum Amy Poehler -- he's set to team up with her "Parks and Recreation" executive producers Mike Schur and Dan Goor for a new comedy on Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Samberg will reportedly play the lead role in the untitled Fox series, which centers around "an eclectic group of detectives in a precinct on the fringes of New York City." After an intense bidding war involving multiple networks, the project ended up at Fox with a put-pilot commitment, meaning that the network would owe the studio (in this case, Universal Television) substantial fees if they failed to air the pilot -- a sign that the show is almost guaranteed a pick-up next season. Samberg and 3 Arts’ David Miner will also executive produce the series, along with Schur and Goor.
“Andy’s hilarious, and he was the first guy we thought of when we designed the part,” Schur and Goor told Deadline, who first reported the news. “From the moment we mentioned his name, everyone at Universal Television and Fox was 100% on-board. Andy loved the pitch, and it all came together really quickly. We couldn’t be happier.”
Samberg spent seven years on "SNL" before departing the sketch show this summer, and in addition to feature roles in movies such as "Hotel Transylvania" and "That's My Boy," he is currently starring on the BBC Three sitcom "Cuckoo" in the UK.