National Treasure Bob Odenkirk didn’t say goodbye to AMC after completing “Better Call Saul,” as his next project, “Straight Man,” is well underway. Many assumed Odenkirk would retire from the acting world after he suffered a heart attack, but you just can’t keep Goodman down. Luckily, he recovered from the big scare and now Bob is back, bearded and better-looking than ever.
The new dramatic series is based on Richard Russo’s novel of the same name, with Odenkirk starring William Henry Devereaux Jr., aka “Hank,” the uncertain interim president of the English department at a university fictional Pennsylvania while he goes through a middle life crisis. “Straight Man” is currently filming and is considering a 2023 premiere with eight episodes of its first season, which means we’re still one trailer away, but here’s everything we know so far about new series.
What to expect from the series
Russo’s novel is rumored to be heavily based on his own experiences teaching at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Connecticut State University, and Penn State Altoona, but is expected to be sensational because of the novel. The story is an examination of an extremely complicated man who often engages in unethical behaviors such as hiding in beams while faculty members vote on whether to fire him and threatens to kill a goose that lives near a pond on campus until his department receives a budget increase.
While Hank is at the heart of the story, “Straight Man” also looks at dissecting the relationships between faculty and students, as well as the imperfect inner workings of higher education. It’s doubtful we’ll see Odenkirk in a similar form of action as in 2021’s “Nobody,” but we’re sure to see a top performance as nuanced, layered, and powerful as in “Better Call Saul.”
Hank’s character is a complicated mess, and if there’s anyone on this planet who can bring out the humanity needed for an anti-hero, it’s Odenkirk. The novel only runs for a week, so depending on the success of the series, it’s likely that “Straight Man” will become its own unique story after the first season.
Cast and crew of straight man
Odenkirk joins Mireille Enos as his wife Lily, the Vice Principal of the local high school, who begins to question whether she wants to continue her marriage after Hank begins. fell into his mid-age crisis. The duo stars Dustin Wyatt as Jolly Man, Suzanne Cryer as Gracie DuBois, Sara Amini as Meg Quigley, Cedric Yarbrough as Paul Rourke and Diedrich Bader as Tony Conigula. Oddly enough, Olivia Scott Welch is credited on IMDb both “Hank”, which we’re assuming is just a typo.
The series is being adapted by Aaron Zelman and Paul Lieberstein, who are also playing co-stars. Comedy Peter Farrelly (“Dumb and Dumber,” “There Something About Mary”) will be directing. Executive producers include Mark Johnson, Richard Russo, Naomi Odenkirk, and Marc Provissiero, with Sony Pictures’ Television TriStar TV producing.
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