Joel McHale Will Star in The Great Indoors on CBS; McHale Will Play ‘Joel’

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Joel as "Joel." Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Joel McHale has been cast in a new CBS multi-cam pilot, The Great Indoors, which seems like a joke about the old saying (like, "Ah, the great outdoors!"), or a joke about the Dan Aykroyd and John Candy movie The Great Outdoors. Either way, it works. In the pilot, McHale plays a guy named "Joel" (typecast alert!), an outdoorsy, sardonic guy's-guy reporter for The Great Outdoors magazine. (Ohhh ...) He has climbed mountains, confronted bears, and just generally led a life of excitement and adventure, but after an injury, he is forced to take a desk job in the digital department at the mag, surrounded by millennials. And as we know, millennials are much scarier than bears! Especially to an old man like Joel. He's so old!