March 13, 2013 12:32pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Josh Rabinowitz Exits NBC's Greg Daniels-Robert Padnick Comedy (Exclusive)
Josh Rabinowitz has parted ways with NBC.
The comedian has exited from his starring role in the network's untitled Greg Daniels and Robert Padnick comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The untitled single-camera comedy revolves around the trials and tribulations of dating in your 20s as told through a group of friends. Bright-eyed and vulnerable Matthew Hirsch is ready to find love but needs the help of his three best friends to survive the labyrinth of mind games and human suffering that is dating in your early 20s.
Rabinowitz (MTV's I Just Want My Pants Back) was poised to star as Matthew but exited the comedy following Tuesday's table read. NBC and producer Universal Television declined comment.
A rep for Rabinowitz, who has appeared in a series of CollegeHumor original shorts, said the comedian-actor instead will shift his focus to Legion of Goons, a sketch pilot he co-created and is executive producing and in which he's poised to star along six other members of the sketch comedy group of the same name.
Michael Rotenberg and Avi Gilbert of 3 Arts and Ali LeRoi (Are We There Yet, Everybody Hates Chris) will executive produce the Comedy Central pilot, with the latter serving as showrunner should the pilot move to series. Rabinowitz and his Legion of Goons players Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler, Kenny Lucas and Keith Lucas will co-star.
Sources say the deal for the Legion of Goons pilot closed months ago and the cable network gave the young comedian the green light to move forward with the NBC pilot. Rabinowitz now will shift his focus back to the sketch effort.
His exit marks the latest comedy casting shakeup this point season. Mandy Moore was replaced by 30 Rock's Kristen Schaal in ABC's Pulling; Mercedes Masohn exited ABC's Mixology; Majandra Delfino departed ABC's Keep Calm and Karey On, and Aasif Mandvi parted ways with NBC's The Gates.
The Daniels/Padnick comedy hails from Universal Television, Deedle Dee Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment, who also reps Rabinowitz (and Daniels). Adhir Kalyan (Rules of Engagement), Eric Andre (Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23) and Ellen Woglom co-star in the comedy, which is being written by Padnick, with Daniels, Tracy Katsky and Howard Klein on board to exec produce.