TV Casting Update: Joel McHale Headed for ‘The Great Outdoors,’ John Lithgow Is Hot on ‘The Trail’

The industry is bustling with projects vying for spots on the air! Here are the latest deals in the works for your favorite actors, including John Lithgow, Sherri Shepherd and Adam Rodriguez.

It appears Joel McHale has a multi-cam sitcom in the works with CBS called The Great Outdoors. He will play an established reporter for an outdoorsy magazine who is injured and forced to take a desk job where he’s surrounded by millennial coworkers who don’t quite know what to make of him. McHale’s cynical humor and will clearly be incorporated in his character. [The Wrap]

Adam Rodriguez, known for his roles on The CW’s Jane the Virgin and ABC’s Ugly Betty, will be co-starring in a single-camera comedy pilot for ABC. Titled Chunk & Bean, the show centers on a two families who live next door to one another and the friendship two boys in the families develop. Anyone else suddenly craving chili? [Deadline]

John Lithgow and The View co-host Sherri Shepherd have signed on to star in legal comedy pilot titled The Trail. Lithgow will play a small town college professor accused of killing his wife. Shepherd will play a plucky law assistant who has a number of disorders, which presumably will make for some comedic moments to break up the murder trial. [The Hollywood Reporter]