Actor and former NFL player Terry Crews has just been added to the cast of Andy Samberg’s untitled Fox pilot, according to Deadline. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the team behind 21 Jump Street and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, have also joined up to direct the episode. The addition of these three adds a lot of heat to what’s already looking like one of the season’s most promising pilots. Crews, who starred in TBS’s Are We There Yet? and recurs on The Newsroom, received three pilot offers before choosing the show, and Lord and Miller are highly sought-after feature directors who rarely have time to work in TV these days. The show, created by Parks and Rec writer Dan Goor and Parks and Rec showrunner/co-creator Michael Schur, revolves around a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the edge of New York City. Samberg plays the lead detective and Crews is playing “the no-nonsense but father-like sergeant who runs the detective squad.” So, he’s basically like a cop Ron Swanson? Awesome.
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