According to Deadline, the premium cable network has passed on the pilot for the comedy series “We Hate Paul Revere” because its first episode failed to impress network heads. The cable channel had high hopes it would set the bar for its very first half-hour comedy, as it did with when it brought “Mad Men,” but the episode apparently didn’t quite bring much impact. Deadline also stated that it’s challenging for comedy shows to break out in today’s TV landscape.
Had the show continued, “We Hate Paul Revere” would have starred Ron Livingston in the titular role. The main premise of the show centered on two brothers, Hugh And Ebnezer, who wanted to gain recognition from the townsfolk, only to be always overshadowed by Paul Revere, the local hero. The show would have been set in Colonial Boston, during the British invasion.
The satire was co-written by Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner, who also played the brothers in the series. Troy Miller was on board as executive producer, while Scott Adsit and Olafur Darri Olafsson were also part of the cast.
When AMC signed up this production for development last summer, it was because it had initially been looking to improve on its half-hour projects and eyeing original comedies. However, following the end of “Breaking Bad” and with “Mad Men” closing in early 2015, the network decided to abandon original comedies for the time being and keep in line with producing what they do best — dramas.
“We Hate Paul Revere” is actually the fourth pilot the network has passed on. It also did not move forward with shows like “Knifeman,” “Galantine” and “Line of Sight.” The network still has two remaining pilots in its development slate, the still-untitled companion series to “The Walking Dead” and the political drama series “White City.”
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