Netflix Picks Up Will Arnett Comedy Series ‘Flaked’
by Nellie Andreeva January 19, 2015 11:22am
With The Millers over, Will Arnett has quickly landed his next series. Netflix has given an eight-episode, direct-to-series order to Flaked, starring the Arrested Development alum, for a 2016 launch. Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, who has a deal with Netflix, also executive produces.
Arnett, who already has animated comedy BoJack Horseman on Netflix and co-starred in the streaming service’s Arrested Development revival, called Flaked “a passion project.”
Co-created by Arnett and Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret), Flaked is set in the insular world of Venice, CA. The series is the serio-comic story of a self-appointed “guru” who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullsh*t that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel. Arnett plays Chip, a man doing his honest best to stay one step ahead of his own lies.
Arnett and Chappell executive produce with Ben Silverman, Peter Principato and Hurwitz for Electus and Principato-Young. Flaked is a Netflix production. Arnett also has a development deal at CBS TV Studios, which stemmed from his starring role on the studio’s CBS comedy series The Millers.
Netflix has been ramping up its half-hour comedy portfolio with orders to Grace And Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and animated F Is For Family, among others. The network also picked up a Chelsea Handler talk show.
Netflix is really coming up Arnett.
Hope this ends up doing well. I find Arrested Development and BoJack Horseman are two of the few (non-Lego Movie related) projects to really use Arnett properly (or at least offer him great material to work with).