February 03, 2014 8:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Ken Marino to Co-Star in NBC Comedy From 'Happy Endings' Creator
NBC's Marry Me has found its male lead in Ken Marino.
The Party Down alum has been tapped to star opposite Casey Wilson in the comedy pilot from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Marry Me centers on longtime couple Annie (Happy Endings' Wilson) and Jake, who get engaged and quickly realize that it's harder than it looks. Marino will play Jake, who is described as patient, funny, kind and a bit of a mama's boy. He hates being the center of attention and has grown a bit too comfortable at his boring cubicle job. The product of a broken home in which his parents always fought, he's uncomfortable expressing emotion and waits too long to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Annie, whom he's been dating for six years. Still, he's head over heels in love with Annie, who brings meaning and excitement to his life. Stunned when she enters into an epic rant on the night he intended to pop the question, Jake asks for some time to recover and plan his next move.
Caspe penned the script for Sony Pictures Television, where he's under an overall deal. FanFare's Jamie Tarses and Seth Gordon will executive produce alongside Caspe. Gordon will direct the pilot for the single-camera comedy.
The casting brings Marino back into the NBC fold. Last season, he starred on the network's comedy pilot The Gates, which did not move forward. The casting also reteams him with Caspe and Wilson after he filmed an episode of Happy Endings, where he played Dave's (Zachary Knighton) shrink and a love interest for Wilson's Penny.
Marino, whose credits include Childrens Hospital, Burning Love and Eastbound & Down, is repped by Paradigm and Principato Young.