Acknowledging that it can only occupy so many broadcast days with reruns from every season of The Simpsons, FXX has ordered the comedy pilot Man Seeking Woman to series. Slated to run 10 episodes in 2015, the previously announced adaptation of Simon Rich’s The Last Girlfriend On Earth will star Jay Baruchel as the titular man, who potentially seeks women played by Unforgettable’s Britt Lower (though we’ll always remember her as Meg from Big Lake) and Betas’ Maya Erskine. Eric Andre co-stars as the guy pretending like he’s not perpetually five seconds away from tearing off his clothes and smashing through some comically flimsy props.
With Legit canceled, Wilfred winding down, and Tracy Morgan’s as-yet-untitled series on hold for completely understandable reasons, Man Seeking Woman fulfills a need for new original programming at FXX. While It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and The League have performed admirably for the FX spin-off, FXX has struggled to launch a signature series that wasn’t inherited from its sister station. Of course, the number of development deals spinning out of It’s Always Sunny at any given time could keep the shelves stocked at all three branches of FX Networks for years to come. Until then, however, Jay Baruchel will play the man seeking solutions to this problem and other problems, solutions that go beyond regularly scheduled repeats of “Marge Vs. The Monorail.”