The search for a great TV space comedy continues. Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon could be the ones to get it right.
Image Credit: Eric Charbonneau/Wireimage.comWho knows if we’ll ever see Boldly Going Nowhere, the space comedy the guys from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia developed (then retooled) for Fox to no avail. Perhaps it’s time we turn our hopes to Reno 911!‘s Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, who are about to shoot a pilot for a comedy called Alabama for FX. Set a thousand years in the future, the show takes place on the space craft Alabama, which is on a seven-year mission to maintain interplanetary peace. Deadline has the lastest casting info, which includes Austin Powers’ Frau Farbissina Mindy Sterling as the ship’s doctor and Last Comic Standing‘s Natasha Leggero guesting as “Roxy Sexbot.” Lennon will star as the ship’s acting captain and Garant as his robot second in command.
Back in August, Lennon spoke to Collider and detailed what we could expect, “Reno 911!-meets-Battlestar Galactica.” He promised sexual tension (the crew is supposed to be abstinent, but everyone on the ship showers together), and plotlines like the crew having to destroy the cute Elmo-like alien race that wants to prosecute them for war crimes; the crew passing through a nebula that has them hearing each other’s thoughts; and the crew running into themselves as babies and having to keep their younger selves alive so that the adult them can exist at the present time. Sounds promising, right? It could be the best thing since NewsRadio‘s what-if “Space” episode (watch that below).