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'It's Always Sunny' in space

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Sunnyphiladelphia_lSometimes good things happen to good people. Or, at least really, really funny ones. The boys behind FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton — have sold a pilot to Fox. The show, based on an idea from their Sunny writers’ assistant Adam Stein, is called Boldly Going Nowhere. McElhenney tells Variety it will follow a spaceship captain’s mundane life as he kills time between missions. “We grew up watching shows like Star Trek, anything having to do with the future, and it was always about the adventures they’d go on,” he says. “We thought it would be funny to watch what goes on in between those adventures, when they’re waiting for the next big thing to happen. How do they keep themselves busy?” They’ll shoot the pilot this fall, after they wrap the 13-episode fourth season of Sunny, about which McElhenney dropped details to EW.com last week.

If you’re a fan of Philadelphia (pictured), you know the trio specializes in characters who have a lot of time on their hands. So despite the fact that the guys won’t star in Boldly Going Nowhere (their decision or Fox’s I wonder?), I’m stoked. Almost as much as my colleague Aubry D’Arminio, who responded to my email sharing news of the deal with one sentence: “I just had a baby in my chair.” Do you share our, um, enthusiasm? And what other underrated writer-actor-showrunners would you love to see catch a break?