Michael Cera cast in new comedy show ‘How and Why’

The programme is being written and directed by Charlie Kaufman

Michael Cera has been cast in a new comedy show called How and Why.

The programme will also feature the actor John Hawkes (Deadwood, Eastbound & Down) and will be written, directed and executive produced by Charlie Kaufman, who wrote the films Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich. Paste reports that the half-hour show will look at the life of a man who can “explain how and why a nuclear reactor works but is clueless about life”. It is being produced by the FX channel.

FX will also be producing a new comedy pilot starring Zach Galifianakis and penned by stand-up comedian Louis CK. The show will be produced by CK’s Pig Newton company, reports Paste, for the US network that funds CK’s own sitcom, Louie.

The new pilot comes as part of a deal signed by CK for FX last month, which sees CK’s production company developing a run of shows for FX, with the comedian given the option to write or direct any of the in-house productions for the channel.