This is getting suspicious. Three weeks ago, a particularly surprising bit of news blossomed regarding Louis C.K., a comedic genius and pioneer in offbeat television: it was reported that C.K. was teaming with Seinfeld writer Spike Feresten to create a sitcom pilot for CBS. This, alone, was shocking to those familiar with C.K.’s brand of comedy—particularly, with his FX series Louie: it’s dark, depressing, and not structurally out of sync with just about everything else on television. So many of us wondered if C.K. would be adapting to CBS’ general comedic brand, or if the network would be open to the comedian’s signature style. The first bit of casting news regarding the series drives us further away from a clear answer: Ashley Tisdale is reported to be starring in the pilot.
Tisdale is known for upbeat, family-friendly entertainment. The actress has starred in the High School Musical movies and on the series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Tisdale did take a more adult-oriented role in the CW program Hellcats, but she is still not quite the sort you’d pinpoint for a role written by Louis C.K. Still, perhaps this is exactly what the writer/comedian/sage philosopher is looking for.
The pilot follows a group of young New York-based artists struggling to achieve their dreams in our torrential economic climate. Deadline reports that Tisdale will play Petra, a vintage clothing designer’s assistant seeking a place in the city’s fashion world. Just maybe, C.K. is using this definitively talented actress with more sunny connotations to deliver a more sincere and biting message about the premise at hand, which, depending on its delivery, could provide good-natured fluff or a serious reality checs. We’ll just have to see what C.K., Feresten and Tisdale come up with.
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