Fox and "New Girl"'s Jake Johnson are putting together "The B Team."
Johnson is joining writer-director (and son of The Fonz) Max Winkler for the new single-camera comedy series. Both talents will co-write the project, revolving around a team of powerless second-rate superheroes who rely on their intelligence and brains rather than brawn to tackle those who take advantage of others. Winkler will direct the pilot while the two would likely split directorial duties on episodes if the series gets picked up. The project will be executive produced by Imagine TV's Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.
Johnson is definitely one of the clutch players on the hit Fox comedy as affable misanthrope Nick, so I have high hopes for such a promising concept. He has been making the rounds in recent years in features (playing Jesus in "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas") and television ("NTSF:SD:SUV::"). Most recently Johnson appeared in indie comedy film "Safety Not Guaranteed," a delightfully weird story with Johnson, Mark Duplass ("The League") and Aubrey Plaza ("Parks & Recreation") about a group of reporters doing a story on a man who posts a classified ad seeking a time traveling companion. If you're looking for a great offbeat romantic comedy, you really can't do much better.
The pair teamed together back in 2010 for Winkler's directorial debut "Ceremony" in which Johnson co-starred. The director is also set to direct an episode or two of Johnson's "New Girl" this season.