Stephen Fry Not Returning For CBS' Second 'Super Clyde' Pilot, Mark Addy To Assume Role – TVWise

CBS is making a clean break of things with Super Clyde.
Stephen Fry, who played Clyde’s confidante and butler Randolph in CBS’s first Super Clyde pilot, will not be reprising the role in the recently ordered second pilot, TVWise has confirmed. Instead, Atlantis and Game Of Thrones alum Mark Addy has been tapped to play the part in comedy, marking his first regular role on a US sitcom since Still Standing in the early 2000s.
Penned by Greg Garcia, Super Clyde is a single camera comedy which follows Clyde, a meek, unassuming fast-food worker who finds his calling as a superhero after inheriting a vast fortune. CBS Television Studios and Greg Garcia’s Amigos de Garcia banner is producing.
The original pilot, which CBS passed on in 2013, starred Rupert Grint and Stephen Fry in the two lead roles. When the network ordered a new pilot back in late January, it was not immediately clear if the duo would be drafted in to once again top-line the single-camera comedy.
Then last month, The Middle star Charlie McDermott – whose contract on the ABC comedy is up this year – was cast as Clyde, inheriting the role played by Rupert Grint in the first pilot. At the time, CBS was said to be interested in having Fry back for the second pilot, but that didn’t happen.
Mark Addy’s casting was first reported by Deadline.