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Thomas Lennon's & Ben Garant's FX Comedy Pilot 'Alabama' Starring Eddie Izzard Not Picked Up

Over the weekend I had the rare privilege of speaking with two of the funniest men in Hollywood, Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. The two have managed to maintain the rarest of comedy careers: they have had tremendous success in writing big studio films (Night At The Museum) while still working with their specific brand of off-beat humor (Reno 911!).

Their pilot for FX, 'Alabama', was a sci-fi comedy in the style of Star Trek meets Reno 911!. Due to some creative differences, the pilot was not picked up, but the guys were incredibly proud of the pilot, calling it without a doubt the best work they’ve ever done. They said FX President John Landgraf was a huge fan of the pilot, but some people at FX didn’t necessarily “get” the duo’s brand of humor and suggested the pilot be retooled. Garant and Lennon were so proud of the original pilot and decided it just wasn’t meant to be and opted not to rework the pilot. The duo described Eddie Izzard’s performance as the show’s villain as the best performance in any of the shows they’ve worked on, including Reno 911!

Source: Collider

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