Now entitled Family Guide, NBC's single-camera comedy pilot from Up All Night executive producer D.J. Nash will feature two of the main cast members of HBO's acclaimed prison drama Oz with the casting of Harold Perrineau, joining J.K. Simmons.
Loosely based on Nash's life, Family Guide revolves around Henry, a son who is in awe of his blind father and bemused by his mother's newfound adolescence following their divorce. Somehow, his family pulls closer together after the split. Last month, Simmons and Parker Posey boarded the project in the parental roles.
Perrineau has been tapped to play the manager of the apartment building that the boy's mother moves into after the split. He ends up befriending young Henry.
For six seasons on Oz, Perrineau played the paraplegic prisoner Augustus Hill while Simmons gave a chilling performance as Aryan Brotherhood head Vern Schillinger. Perrineau later gained fame for his role in the Matrix sequels and on ABC's Lost. Most recently, he co-starred on the canceled TBS comedy Wedding Band.
A pair of fresh-faced teenage actors have landed the two young lead roles. Virtual unknown Eli Baker will make his debut as Henry, while Ava Deluca-Verley will play his presumably older sister, judging from her photos. The Australian actress will make her U.S. film debut in this summer's feature comedy The Way, Way Back, co-written and co-directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
Friends star David Schwimmer is set to direct the pilot.
I can't recall seeing Harold Perrineau in a comedy before and I missed Wedding Band, but I enjoyed him on Oz. At the time, I actually thought he was disabled in real-life. Still not sure about J.K. Simmons and Parker Posey as a formerly married couple, though.
Would you watch Family Guide?