Sure, he regularly voices characters on The Simpsons, but it’s been a while since Hank Azaria actually showed his face on television. In fact, it’s been since 2006 when he was starring on the now defunct Showtime comedy, Huff. Now we’ll have the chance to see a whole lot more of the funny man because NBC has nabbed him for their single-camera comedy, Free Agents. The show plays on the mockumentary style of The Office and comes from Party Down’s John Enbom.
Azaria will star as one half of the Hollywood talent agency duo as they navigate Tinsel Town and their own screwed up, recently single lives. We’ve got Azaria slated as Alex, but his on-screen buddy Helen has yet to be cast. NBC was eying Minnie Driver for the role, but she’s been picked up for another fall pilot on CBS and thus the search goes on. Personally, I think Azaria is a clutch choice for the ailing network. They’ve quickly cemented themselves as a home for great comedy (hello Thursdays — minus Outsourced) and Azaria’s presence can only help to stoke that fire.