TV Land has ordered comedy pilot I Shudder starring The Newsroom alum Hamish Linklater which tells the story of a meticulous but generous man who sees the world in very black and white terms: what is acceptable, and what is unacceptable.
I Shudder follows Elyot Vionnet (Linklater), an advocate of manners, style and most importantly, common decency. Observing people committing heinous crimes of etiquette, he tries to counsel them from afar, inserting himself into their lives most unwelcomely. When the individuals he deems classless choose not to take his advice, they are met with terrible consequences. In the midst of his mission, Elyot allies himself with his neighbor, an 11-year-old girl named Stella, to try to make the world better, one tactless person at a time. Paul Rudnick is penning the script for the half-hour pilot and will executive produce alongside Dan Jinks
This pilot represents the latest move in TV Land’s shifting strategy to broaden out their comedy offerings from their more traditional multi-camera comedies with iconic stars (such as Hot In Cleveland, which starred Jane Leeves and Betty White) to include single camera efforts. Other such projects in the works include The Jim Gaffigan Show, Impastor and Teachers, all of which are set to premiere later this year.
“This pilot is a unique dark dramedy, and is truly outside the box for TV Land”, said Keith Cox, Executive Vice President of Development and Original Programming for TV Land. “We’re excited to explore new paths of genres for the network as we continue to evolve.”
“Paul Rudnick is one of the funniest writers on the planet Earth, and Hamish Linklater is one of the funniest actors”, added executive producer Dan Jinks. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with both of them. I’ve wanted to work with Paul for many years. I’m so pleased that he’s making his TV debut with this hilarious series.”