Whitford reports for 'Duty' at NBC again


Emmy winner Bradley Whitford is returning to NBC as star-producer of the single-camera comedy pilot "Off Duty."

Romany Malco has been tapped as the second lead in the UMS-produced buddy comedy, which has been greenlighted for production following a cast-contingent pilot order in July.

Written by Upright Citizens Brigade comedian Jason Mantzoukas, "Off Duty" centers on a once-legendary police detective (Whitford) on his way down who complicates the life of his new partner (Malco) — a straight shooter on his way up — both on duty and off.

American Work's Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan will executive produce the project, with Mantzoukas co-executive producing and Whitford producing.

"Off Duty" marks a change of pace for Whitford, who starred for seven seasons on NBC's drama "The West Wing," for which he won an Emmy, and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." He is repped by Endeavor, Greenlight Management and attorney Amy Nickin.

Malco's credits include "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Blades of Glory," "Baby Mama" and Showtime's "Weeds." He is repped by Kohner and Mosaic. (partialdiff)