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[07/21/14 - 11:25 PM]
Development Update: Monday, July 21
Updates include: FX passes on Charlie Kaufman's "How and Why"; Lucy Lawless to recur on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."; and Malcolm-Jamal Warner lands role on "Sons of Anarchy."

[05/01/14 - 11:28 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, May 1
Updates include: Queen Latifah to play Bessie Smith for HBO; ABC Family's "Unstrung" casts first pair; and Marcella Plunkett is set for two roles in FX's "How and Why."

[03/18/14 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 18
Updates include: David Cross to play the "Dead Boss" on FOX; Sally Hawkins, Catherine Keener bound for FX's "How and Why"; and CBS places its single-camera comedy pilot "Taxi-22" on hold.

[01/14/14 - 09:15 AM]
Michael Cera and John Hawkes Cast in Charlie Kaufman Pilot "How and Why"
The project is "the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life."

[08/02/13 - 10:21 AM]
FX at TCA: Landgraf Explains Differences Between FX, FXX, FXM
Plus: a full recap of both FX and FXX's series rollouts for the coming season.

[03/28/13 - 07:39 AM]
FX Networks Announces Comedy Pilot Pickups
Set to begin production are Charlie Kaufman's "How and Why" and Grant Dekernion's "Chozen."







HOW AND WHY (FX)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
3/28/13 - 7/21/14
STATUS:
currently in development (2014-2015 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
network passed on 7/21/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from FX's press release, January 2014) FX Networks has cast Michael Cera and Academy Award(R) nominated John Hawkes in How And Why, a half-hour comedy pilot from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Produced by FX Productions, How And Why will begin production this spring in North Carolina. Kaufman, who brought us such brilliantly original films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, returns to half-hour television with How and Why, the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life. Kaufman will write and direct the pilot and serve as executive producer. Anthony Bregman (Synecdoche, New York, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) will also be executive producer.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Catherine Keener
· John Hawkes as Goodman Hesselman
· Marcella Plunkett as Cynthia/Magda
· Michael Cera as Mendelson
· Sally Hawkins
CREW INFORMATION:
· Anthony Bregman as EP
· Charlie Kaufman as CRTR/EP/DIR (Pilot)
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· FX Productions