Thomas Haden Church to Star in Fox's 'Texanist' Comedy

Thomas Haden Church
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Fox has cast the lead role in its comedy The Texanist: Emmy winner and Lone Star State resident Thomas Haden Church.

Church, who grew up in Texas and has a ranch in the state, will play the title role in the multi-camera project, which is in development at Fox. He'll also be an executive producer on the show, produced in-house by Fox Entertainment and written by Rob Long (Kevin Can Wait, Cheers).

Inspired by the Texas Monthly column of the same name, The Texanist centers on Dave (Church), an opinionated Austin-area radio show host who gives advice to Texas natives and newcomers alike on what he knows to be the true Texas Way of life. But the Texas Way is changing, and Dave's job is becoming more complicated. With input from his wife, family and co-workers, he must now become the arbiter of which changes to embrace and which to reject, possibly opening his mind in the process — just not that much.

Church is coming off HBO's Divorce, which ended its three-season run in 2019. The Sideways Oscar nominee's recent credits also include The Peanut Butter Falcon, the 2019 Hellboy, Crash Pad and Daddy's Home. He won an Emmy in 2007 for his role in AMC's miniseries Broken Trail. The project also marks a return to Fox for Church, who starred in the network's Ned and Stacey in the mid-1990s.

Church is repped by Jen Turner at Finley Management, CAA and Jackoway Austen.

Long and Church executive produce The Texanist with Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady of The Jackal Group, David Courtney, Megan Creydt and Scott Brown. The project is part of a Fox development slate that also includes an X-Files animated comedy, drama Sueño from Greg Berlanti and a possible Empire spinoff focused on Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Lyons.