12:01pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Bridesmaids' Ben Falcone to Star in TV Land Pilot 'I'm Not Dead Yet'
Ben Falcone is heading to TV Land.
The actor who played Air Marshal Jon opposite his wife, Melissa McCarthy, in Bridesmaids has signed to star in TV Land's comedy pilot I'm Not Dead Yet, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The comedy, which marks the cable network's first single-camera pilot, centers on Sandy Lazarus, a guy who finds out he has a rare heart condition that could cause him to die at any moment and decides to start speaking his mind and live life to the fullest.
Falcone will play Sandy, an average-guy married father of two who works as a driving school instructor, is used to sucking up leftovers and goes from playing the sad sack to an outspoken person unafraid of consequences when he learns of his rare genetic heart condition.
Electus' Ben Silverman and Jon Sherman (Frasier) will serve as executive producers, with Sherman attached the pen the script and Jimmy Fox on board to co-exec produce. Production on the pilot will begin in September.
For Falcone, the project marks the comedy veteran's second TV pilot of late. The What to Expect When You're Expecting actor previously wrote and starred in an untitled multicamera pilot for CBS about a guy who loses everything in the real estate collapse and has to move back in with his parents. CBS passed on the project in May. McCarthy executive produced the effort.
Falcone, who is shooting Fox Searchlight's untitled Nicole Holofcener feature, is repped by CAA and the Schiff Co.