For a while now, NBC has been tossing brand-new sitcoms into the gaping maw of its Thursday-night comedy block in the hopes of finding A Show That Might Survive (amazingly, Outsourced was not the chosen one). This search has been going on for years now, but it's grown increasingly frantic in the wake of The Office wrapping its run. With Parks and Recreation on its way out and Community off to greener (?) pastures, it's probably safe to assume that NBC's sweating the situation more than ever.
But hope is not lost! Today we learned that Ryan Hansen - the comedically talented and, yes, impossibly good-looking dude you should all remember from Party Down and Veronica Mars - has joined Bad Judge, NBC's latest stab at Thursday-night domination. What's the show about? Take it away, Deadline:
(Bad Judge) centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman (Kate Walsh) whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system.
Hansen will be playing Gary Boyd, Walsh's "on-again, off-again sex buddy, a hacky-sack playing psychiatrist who makes all his money as an expert witness in the court system." Sounds tailor-made for Hansen's talents, right? Well, ironically enough, dude's actually taking over for the guy who originated the role in the Bad Judge pilot, an actor named Mather Zickel (sic).
Anyone who watched Party Down or Veronica Mars knows that more Ryan Hansen is never a bad thing, and he's not the only comedically accomplished member of the Bad Judge team: the show's being produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Walsh is no slouch, either, having put in work on a number of funny/awesome projects over the years (FX's recent Fargo comes to mind). Could this show be NBC's next big hit? Fingers crossed: I like everyone involved here, and hope to see them succeed.
If you're curious what the series is going to look and feel like, here's a trailer NBC released (before Hansen's addition to the cast) back in May during Upfronts:
PS: For the love of all that is holy, check out Party Down if you haven't already. We're not going to stop saying it until every last one of you has watched it (and there's a movie).