We couldn’t be more thrilled that Arrested Development creator/exec producer/comedy god Mitch Hurwitz is making a new dysfunctional-family sitcom pilot for CBS, Happiness Isn’t Everything. Sure, there’s cause for a tiny bit of concern that the CSI network could strangle the quirky brilliance right out of such a project, but the fact is it has quietly turned itself into a home for solid — if not wildly daring — comedy with The New Adventures of Old Christine, How I Met Your Mother, and yes-sorry-it-grew-on-us Big Bang Theory. (We love Christine and Mother so much, in fact, that we’re almost willing to forgive Gary Unmarried.) And, well, we’re even going to say the Happiness casting looks strangely promising, with Richard Dreyfuss now set as the patriarch and Jason Biggs as one of his grown children showing shades of Jeffrey Tambor (solid character actor of a certain age without a lot of promising film roles to fill these days) and Jason Bateman (onetime teen star no one really knows what to do with now). Now all we need is a Lucille Bluth… may we humbly suggest Lucille Bluth herself, Jessica Walter? We miss her boozing around 90210.
What do you think? Are you as excited about Hurwitz’s Happiness as we are? Are Richard Dreyfuss and Jason Biggs up to the job?
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