To My Future Assistant, FOX's single-camera comedy pilot about the staff of assistants at a major New York law firm who toil under obnoxious and overbearing bosses, has hired another boss and another assistant.
Prolific character actor Stephen Root has been tapped to play one of the firm's bosses, Frank, a stern and intense attorney who is not exactly the monstrous boss he seems to be, despite his bristly exterior.
A veteran comedy performer with occasional forays into drama, Root has experience playing both sides of the employer/employee relationship. From 1995 until 1999, Root played billionaire bachelor Jimmy James, the eccentric owner of a news radio station in New York City, on NBC's NewsRadio.
But in perhaps his most memorable role, Root embodied the meek, disgruntled underling in the 1999 cult classic Office Space as the bespectacled Milton Waddams, who finally took enough abuse from his boss and set fire to the office building where he worked.
Brittany Snow, who recently recurred on FOX's Ben and Kate and starred in the 2012 comedy Pitch Perfect, will portray Frank's assistant, named Jen. Now that she has passed the bar exam, this super-ambitious young woman is sick of working as a legal assistant and hopes desperately to land a position as an associate lawyer at the firm.
Unbeknownst to Jen, a co-worker named Roy has a crush on her. Last week, Joe Egender (Alcatraz) was the lucky one cast in the "Ross from Friends/Jim from The Office" role as the guy harboring unrequited passion for a friend and/or co-worker.
Catherine O'Hara also joined the cast last week as another boss at the firm, a powerful and stylish attorney named Magda. Melissa Tang (New Girl) will play Claire, another assistant who achieves the dream of landing a promotion.
Written by the duo of Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer (I Hate My Teenage Daughter, The New Adventures of Old Christine), the pilot will be directed by Peyton Reed, who has helmed episodes of New Girl and feature comedies Bring It On and Yes Man.
The basic concept of To My Future Assistant sounds close in tone to the 2011 comedy Horrible Bosses, except they all work in the same office. With a cast featuring comedy heavyweights like Root and O'Hara and a slew of fresh faces, I'm rooting for this project to succeed.