Ken Marino, who first rose to fame on MTV's The State as Louie, the guy who wanted to dip his balls into everything, has gotten what could perhaps be the biggest break of his career.
Marino has been cast to play one of the lead characters on a new NBC comedy, The Gates, which is being adapted from a British comedy of the same name.
Joining him in the cast (also announced today) is Aasif Mandvi, who appeared in the Last Airbender.
Marino's character, Mark, is a loveable guy who is married to Helen, a type-A personality (played by Episodes' Kathleen Rose Perkins).
Mark owns a construction company and spends his time more loosely than his wife spends hers, giving him more time at the elementary school.
You see, the focus of The Gates is on the parents and staff members who interact at the drop-off gates at a local elementary school twice a day.
Mandvi will be playing Trevor, a Yale-educated lawyer and "super dad" who drives his kids to be the best, helping to create an inferiority complex in Mark and Helen. Trevor is married to Sarah (Christina King).
The show is being written and executive produced by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, who worked together on The King of Queens. I hope it is better than that program was.
I really like Marino and hope this does well for him. The premise sounds pretty flimsy, though. NBC will have a need for new comedies in the fall though, given the end of the Office and concerns about Community, Parks and Recreation and other programs being renewed.
I like Party Down. Ths is a much bigger deal, however.
Message Posted On Jan 25th, 2013, 1:21 am
To the first guy:
No matter what you might think of NBC as a network, or how much you loved Party Down, neither changes the fact that starring in a (potentially) successful network sitcom is a bigger career move than appearing on a low-rated Starz original series.
I'd say Josh is right on the money in calling it his biggest break yet.
Message Posted On Jan 25th, 2013, 1:16 am
Common, get serious - "biggest break of his career". Man pulled off "Party Down" and NBC's remake of British show will somehow trump it ? Network TV rarely can pickup great show and if they do, somehow they screw up. NBC is worst of them all. And especially they are mean with remakes. I'm okay with fun unoriginals and remakes, but creativity paragon they ain't. Besides, big break mean commercial success and NBC's history mostly lacking in that department too.