Producer of “Schitt’s Creek”, David West Read is working on an adaptation of “The Big Door Prize” novel by M.O. Walsh for Apple TV+. Variety reports that Chris O’Dowd will star in the upcoming comedy series.
In May it was reported that Apple TV+ had won the bid of “The Big Door Prize” with a straight-to-series order. Read is serving as the writer, producer, and showrunner of the show and it is produced by Skydance Television and CL ENM/Studio Dragon. Miky Lee and Hyun Park of CJ ENM/Studio Dragon and David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Bill Bost of Skydance Television are executive producers of the show.
Chris O’Dowd to play a teacher in Apple TV+ new sci-fi comedy series
The new 10-episodes series will tell the life-changing story of a small town called Deerfield after a mysterious machine appears in a grocery store. Residents’ lives will take a magical turn as they will learn about their destiny or their true life potentials. O’Dowd will play the part of an average teacher and a family man on the quest of finding his happiness. The report states:
O’Dowd will star as Dusty, a good-natured teacher and family man whose deeply average life has followed a safe and predictable path, until the appearance of the mystifying machine forces him to question his own happiness.
O’Dowd is an Irish actor and comedian who was praised for his role in the popular British comedy show “The IT Crowd” and has worked in movies like Bridesmaids (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and others.
O’Dowd’s recent TV starring credits include the “Get Shorty” series at Epix and the short form series “State of the Union,” the latter of which earned him an Emmy in 2019. His other TV roles include “The IT Crowd,” “Moone Boy,” and “Girls.” On the film side, he is known for his roles in features like “Bridesmaids,” “The Starling,” “This Is 40,” and “St. Vincent.”
The upcoming show will join the growing library of original comedy shows on Apple TV+ like the awards winning show “Ted Lasso“, “Physical“, “Mr.Corman” and upcoming shows like “The Afterparty”, “The Shrink Next Door” and untitled series starring Maya Rudolph and Olivier Martinez.