Looks like Vern Schillinger is taking his talents to the NBC block.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has cast former "Oz" star J.K. Simmons to star in the new comedy pilot from writer and producer DJ Nash ("'Til Death", "Traffic Light").
The project, initially titled "Then Came Elvis," sounds in the vein of "The Wonder Years" -- a family sitcom loosely based on Nash's adolescence set in the 1980s which follows a struggling family that comes together following the parents' divorce. The show focuses primarily on the young son who recounts by voiceover the transformation in his parents' demeanor after the split, particularly fond of his blind father Mel and amused at his mother's newfound post-divorce adolescence.
Simmons will play the family patriarch Mel and ex-husband of Parker Posey's character. Mel is described as a John Wayne-type character if Wayne traded in his horse for a seeing eye dog. Blind since childhood, Mel refuses to let his disability be a hindrance in his everyday life, particularly when it comes to teaching his kids valuable life lessons.
Nash is penning the script for the pilot while serving as executive producer with partners Jason Bateman and Jim Garavente.
Simmons has proven to be equally adept at comedic and dramatic roles, so this seems like a safe casting choice. Teaming with comedy veteran Posey, this could be one to keep an eye on.