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Jon Heder Quits Comedy Central Show

Jon Heder, best known for his title role in Napoleon Dynamite, has dropped out of his upcoming Comedy Central sitcom. Both the actor and the network cited "creative differences" for the decision.

Comedy Central seemed to be banking on the show -- enough that they had given the comedy a 10-episode deal to start. According to The New York Times, the network also had the option to order as many as 100 episodes. Could that be right?

It wouldn't have been a bad move. Not only did the show have Heder, but the production team included Will Ferrell and frequent collaborators Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. Also, just two weeks ago, it was announced that former SNL staff Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz were also joining the lineup.

Heder was to star as a guy trying to get out of his parents' basement. Sounds slightly like VH1's Frank the Entertainer. We have to wonder if "reality show" was part of the character's plans.

For now, there's no word on whether the show will be dropped or if Comedy Central will just recast the main character. The untitled show was originally scheduled to start in Q3 2010.

Heder was most recently seen in the Kristen Bell's big-screen rom-com, When in Rome. He is currently filming the drama, For Ellen.

Posted by Rachel Cericola on March 31, 2010 2:48 PM
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