12:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Dennis Miller Heading to ABC Comedy Pilot 'Awesometown'
Dennis Miller is returning to the small screen.
The former stand-up comic and late-night talk show host has joined the cast of Awesometown, ABC's comedy pilot starring Ben Rappaport, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The ensemble comedy revolves around the lives of four young professionals who work and live together in New York. Rappaport (Outsourced) stars as Dusty, a twentysomething who, following a breakup, moves in with his co-worker.
Miller will play Nelson Burke, the genius boss of Burke Architecture, who is described as never having smiled and "surgical" with his cut-downs.
Miller joins a cast that includes Nick Kocher, James Earl III and Amanda Crew in the pilot, which is being penned by Due Date scribe Adam Sztykiel. Sztykiel will serve as an executive producer alongside Josh Bycel, Jon Fener, Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone, with Jesse Peretz on board to direct the single-camera effort from 20th Television.
The project, should it be ordered to series, would mark Miller's first scripted series-regular gig. The former Saturday Night Live player most recently guest-starred on an episode of CBS' Hawaii Five-0.
Miller hosted, wrote and executive produced his self-titled HBO late-night talker from 2004-05 and served in the same capacity on the syndicated Dennis Miller Show, which ran from 1992-2004.
The casting comes a day after Miller inked a long-term contract with Dial Global to continue as host of radio’s The Dennis Miller Show.
He's repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment.