ABC Revives ‘Irreversible’ Development; Justin Long Replaces David Schwimmer

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
ABC Revives ‘Irreversible’ Development; Justin Long Replaces David Schwimmer

Back in February, ABC announced that it will be developing the comedy series “Irreversible,” which would star David Schwimmer (“Friends”). The show would’ve marked the actor’s return to television, but then ABC decided to pass on the pilot in May. In a recent report from Deadline, however, it’s been announced that the network is giving the show another go. But the role of the lead would have to be recast. Read on for more about this news story.

As stated in the Deadline report, ABC is putting “Irreversible” back in its development line up and recasting the role of the lead character. Justin Long has been picked to replace Schwimmer for the part of Andy, a novelist who is aspiring to become the next Philip Roth.


Andy is one-half a middle-class couple who’s in denial about their real socio-economic status in life. His partner, Sarah, is a breakfast talk show host from a middling channel, who believes she will be the next Diane Sawyer. The role of Sarah was originally given to Jessica Knappett, a British actress, but her part will also have to be recast opposite Long in the redevelopment.

Andy and Sarah are described as eccentric, selfish and manipulative. Living in New York, the couple struggle with the usual problems of a new and growing family, as they juggle parenthood, work and basically just being grown-ups.

“Irreversible” is based on “Bilti Hafich,” a comedy series that became a hit in Israel. The American treatment has been likened to HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Segahl Avin, the co-creator of the original show, adapted the American version and was also the director of the failed pilot. He remains active in the project, which will be executive produced by Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer. Schwimmer was also an executive producer when the show was first conceptualized, but with the changes in the production, it looks like he’s not going to be part of the project even behind the scenes.

“Irreversible” is slated for next fall season. Will tweaking the show finally earn it a timeslot? We’ll be keeping tabs of this show’s development only here on Movie News Guide (MNG). 

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