Andy Samberg, Brendan Fraser Plan to Play Against Type on New TV Pilots (REPORT)

Gary Susman / October 19, 2012

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Have you been wondering what Andy Samberg is going to do now that he’s left Saturday Night Live? Have you been wondering whether Brendan Fraser went back into Encino Man-style hibernation?

Fans of these actors should be pleased to discover that both have reportedly signed deals for TV pilots that, with any luck, will become series by next fall. Both will also be playing against type, as quirky law enforcement officials.

Read on for the details of Samberg and Fraser’s new TV pilots.

Deadline reports that Samberg has signed on to a pilot created by the Parks and Recreation team of Mike Schur and Dan Goor. He’d play the lead detective among a diverse group of sleuths in a remote New York City precinct. (Sounds like a an outer-borough Barney Miller.)

“Andy’s hilarious, and he was the first guy we thought of when we designed the part,” Schur and Goor said in a statement.

FOX signed a script deal for the pilot in August even before Samberg signed on. But now that he’s aboard, FOX is expected to commit to a produced pilot (and perhaps a series pickup) faster than you can say “D*** in a Box.”

Meanwhile, U.K. viewers will get to see Samberg on a sitcom before Americans do. He’s starring in BBC3’s Cuckoo, playing a New Age-y slacker who appalls his new British in-laws.

As for Fraser, he’s doing his first major TV project on the TNT pilot Legends, based on a spy novel by Robert Littell. According to The Wrap, he’ll star as Martin Odum, who works undercover and can assimilate into any milieu with chameleon-like skills.

FOX’s TV production arm FOX 21 is behind the pilot. Its producers include a few people who know from spy/impersonator thrillers, including Howard Gordon (24, Homeland), Alexander Cary (Homeland), and Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Catch Me If You Can).

TNT didn’t immediately respond to Celebuzz’s request for confirmation on the Fraser project. (UPDATE: [Friday, Oct. 19, 3:40 PM ET] A TNT spokesperson confirmed to Celebuzz that Fraser had signed on to make Legends. “We will be shooting the pilot in the coming months,” the rep said.)

Are you excited to see series built around Samberg and Fraser? Do these sound like shows you’ll want to watch next season? Let us know in the comments, below.

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