FX Says No to Charlie Kaufman’s How and Why

By Alex | 2 years ago
FX Says No to Charlie Kaufman’s How and Why

Charlie Kaufman, known for his work on the “Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind,” might not return to his TV writing roots real soon. FX recently announced that they passed on Kaufman’s upcoming “How and Why” TV series starring John Hawkes and Michael Cera. Read on to find more about the reason behind as FX says no to Charlie Kaufman’s “How and Why.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the cable network declined to continue with “How and Why.” It was written, directed and executively produced by Oscar-winning writer Charlie Kaufman under FX productions. The reason behind the cancellation is that the series seemed unfit for the network’s current lineup of TV series.


The half-hour comedy was supposed to star Michael Cera (” Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, “Juno”), John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone”), Catherine Keener (“Being John Malkovich”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”). It would be the latest small screen role for each of the main cast members.

“How and Why” follows the journey of John Hawkes as Goodman Hesselman. He was given the TV hosting job in a show of the same name about the ins and outs of a nuclear reactor. Unfortunately, his little knowledge about real life will be the reason for the critical changes in his life. His former job was given to a much younger host. He was transferred to another TV show with a lower position under his new boss, Mendelson (Michael Cera). The loss of his job will crumble his relationship with the Yvonne (Sally Hawkins), the mother of their triplets.

If the series did push through, the pilot marks Kaufman’s return to comedy writing since 1997. His last stint was the two seasons of “Ned & Stacey” on FOX and other comedy sketch shows. He later went on writing for films that earned him several accolades. His film credits include f “Being John Malkovich,” “Human Nature,” “Adaptation,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and “Synecdoche, New York.” It was his work as the writer and executive producer on the 2004 film, “Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind,” that earned him the coveted Academy Award for Best Screenplay. It starred Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.

THR also reported that the series is still alive as producers have been introducing the series to several other networks. The latest reported outlets was Netflix, who also passed on the series. “How and Why” joins Paul Giamatti’s “Hoke” among the pilots that has been declined by FX.

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