"Who's sort of a name, but also we could get to be in a sitcom remake of Problem Child?" NBC executives have asked and now reportedly answered the question, casting Matthew Lillard in the male lead opposite Erinn Hayes in their adaptation of the terrible but oddly successful 1990 comedy. Lillard will be filling the adoptive father role originally played by John Ritter, and while I've never really thought of Lillard as a Ritter type, oddly, I find it very easy to think of him as a "star of NBC's Problem Child" type.
Meanwhile, 30 Rock Emmy-winner Alec Baldwin is headed back to television to play an absurdly Alec Baldwin type. He'll reportedly star and produce a new drama series for HBO. Playing out the political dreams he flirted with in the past, Baldwin will apparently play a tabloid target turned New York City mayor.
"The character is a philanthropist, a big businessman and well-known tabloid fixture in New York," Baldwin told Deadline. "He's Trump without the baggage, Bloomberg but a Democrat, George Soros if he was in real estate, a left-leaning Democrat who is also a businessman who understands the reality of how the city has to be run to create the right climate for the business community."
The series is not yet titled Serious, Liberal Jack Donaghy.