FX has cast John Hawkes and Michael Cera in its Charlie Kaufman–created half-hour comedy How and Why, the network announced today. Hawkes will star as Goodman Hesselman, “a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life,” according to FX. He’s the former host of a children’s science show called How and Why, but has since moved to a smaller market and is working for a new producer (Cera). Hawkes and Timothy Olyphant on the same network? We inch ever closer to a Deadwood reunion.
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 22: Actor John Hawkes attends the after party for the 3rd Annual 24 Hour Plays in Los Angeles presented by Montblanc held at The Shore Hotel on June 22, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Montblanc) Photo: Michael Kovac/2013 Getty Images