David Koechner is set to star in a pilot the could end up being his first TV role in half a decade. Deadline reports that A&E Networks (the cable conglomerate that owns History, Lifetime, and A&E) has greenlit a pilot called Whitey that will star Koechner as the lead character Guy “Whitey” White. Here’s the description of the character:
“[Whitey is] a bright, conservative and frustrated guy in his 40s who is struggling to understand the changing values of a country in a world that has forever gone with the wind. Whitey graduated high school, married his high school sweetheart and spent his career working at the local engine factory until he got laid off. Now what?”
If the pilot goes to series, this will be Koechner’s first regular TV gig since playing a supporting role on the short-lived Kelsey Grammer sitcom Hank in 2009. He’s currently filming Anchorman 2 in Atlanta, reprising his role as catchphrase-loving sportscaster Champ Kind. Deadline reports that Whitey is being targeted for the History channel, but that an official decision on which A&E network the show will go to will be made if and when it gets picked up. It probably won’t be Lifetime.