Jeffrey Tambor is a busy man!
The comedic actor is best known for playing George Bluth, the incarcerated patriarch of the Bluth family on 'Arrested Development'--a series which debuts its highly-anticipated fourth season on Netflix in May. Beyond filming the season and an upcoming 'Arrested Development' feature film, we recently reported that Tambor will be making a guest appearance on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' later this season. To cap all of this off, Tambor has just won a lead role in the upcoming Amazon Studios comedy pilot 'The Onion Presents: The News.'
'The Onion Presents: The News' is the latest offering from The Onion satirical news franchise of books, webisodes, websites and feature films. Will Graham & Dan Mirk ('The Onion News Network,' 'The Onion Sportsdome') are creating the pilot for Amazon as part of Amazon's upcoming slate of six original comedy series. 'The Onion Presents: The News' is described as a fast-paced scripted comedy set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network that shows just how far journalists will go to stay at the top of their game.
On the series, Tambor will play David Everett, ONN’s oldest and most respected news anchor. I am personally excited to see Tambor playing an on-air character once again, as I loved his turn as Hank Kingsley on HBO's 'The Larry Sanders Show.' The character of David Everett is described as intellectual, highly ambitious, cutthroat and insecure as he believes his job is being threatened by the younger Cameron, whom David detests. No word yet on who will win the role of Cameron.
The Onion released a feature film in 2008 and has been steadily producing several ONN web series on their website for years.
This casting follows the news of Amazon Studios pilots 'Alpha House' and 'Browsers' also landing high-profile comedy veterans; 'Alpha House' cast John Goodman and Bebe Neuwirth won a role in 'Browsers.' Amazon has been striving for a blend of veteran talent and fresh new faces for their upcoming series and Tambor is the latest acquisition on the veteran talent side of that equation.