Ben Stiller and ABC have recently struck a deal over his new comedy Please Knock, a television show loosely based on his life and career, according to UPI. The project will be written by Kevin Napier, who has previously done work on The Station. No word yet on who will star or when viewers can expect Stiller’s semi-autobiographical situation comedy to hit the airwaves.
The Hollywood Reporter explains that the Please Knock will focus on the adventures of a guy named Mitch Fuller, an A-list Hollywood superstar who feels that he’s losing touch with his family and the world around him. In order to get back in touch with reality, he moves back into the New York building where he grew up. The twist: His parents still live in his childhood home. Single-camera hilarity should follow.
As many hardcore Ben Stiller fans know, Please Knock isn’t the actor’s first foray into the world of small-screen entertainment. Before he was a big-time Hollywood player, the Meet the Parents star created the aptly-titled Ben Stiller Show, a sketch comedy program that many people, myself included, feel was way ahead of its time. In addition to Stiller, Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo, the show also featured the talents of Knocked Up director Judd Apatow and Breaking Bad co-star Bob Odenkirk.
According to The New York Times, Ben Stiller and several members of his sketch comedy program are scheduled to reunite at the New York Comedy Festival this November. The principal cast and producers of The Ben Stiller Show will appear at the Paley Center for Media in Manhattan on November 10. Those who are attending this year’s festival are also encouraged to catch shows by Denis Leary, Colin Quinn, and Peter Holmes.
Are you a fan of Ben Stiller’s movies? Would you watch a television show based on his life as a Hollywood A-lister?