David Spade is set to star in a new sitcom pilot for ABC.
The former Saturday Night Live cast member will star in the comedy Bad Management. The pilot is being produced by ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment. Holly Walsh and co-star Sharon Horgan will reportedly handle writing duties on the show.
According to Reuters, the story will follow several employees who work inside a high-end department store. David Spade will play the son of the store’s owner in the pilot. The Hangover and Wreck-It Ralph actress Rachael Harris will portray one of the retailer’s employees.
In addition to co-writing and co-starring in the pilot, Sharon Horgan will executive produce the pilot alongside Aaron Kaplan. ABC has hired Ben Taylor to direct the pilot. Filming is expected to take place in Los Angeles.
Entertainment Weekly reports that David Spade is still a cast member on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement. If the long-running sitcom gets picked up for another season, then Bad Management will have to find someone else to tackle the role.
Rules of Engagement is reportedly in danger of being cancelled. Since Spade would essentially be out of a job should the network decide to pass on another season, it would seem he’s taking a preemptive strike by shooting the Bad Management pilot.
Spade previously starred in the hit sitcom Just Shoot Me during the late-90s. After the passing of John Ritter, the actor became a regular character on 8 Simple Rules.
David Spade just wrapped production on director Dennis Dugan’s Grown-Ups 2. The sequel to the box office hit re-teams Spade with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Kevin James. The all-star comedy also features Taylor Lautner, Steve Buscemi, Salma Hayek, Mario Bello, and Steve Austin.
Are you a fan of David Spade? Will you watch Bad Management should his sitcom Rules of Engagement get cancelled after this season?