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Charlie Kaufman Is Developing a Half-Hour Comedy for FX

US film director Charlie Kaufman poses for a photograph during an interview at the Gothenburg film festival in Gothenburg on January 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO/SCANPIX/Björn Larsson Rosvall   **  SWEDEN OUT  ** (Photo credit should read BJORN LARSSON ROSVALL / SCANPIX/AFP/Getty Images)

FX announced at its upfronts today that Charlie Kaufman is developing a half-hour comedy for the network titled How and Why. Kaufman will write, direct, and executive-produce the pilot about a man who can describe the ins and outs of a nuclear reactor but is clueless about life. Kaufman actually got his start in TV comedy, working as a writer on the ahead-of-its-time sitcom Get a Life. No word yet if the nuclear-reactor guy will have a friend named Charlie who spends the series writing a sitcom based on their lives.

Photo: BJORN LARSSON ROSVALL / SCANPIX/AFP/Getty