Did we trade the "It's Always Sunny" creators' space comedy for a Reno 911-style show?

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It's been forever since we've heard anything about the Always Sunny creators' pitch for a space opera comedy, Boldly Going Nowhere. Now there's news that the Reno 911 creators are making their own FX space comedy. So, is Boldly dead?

The Wrap is reporting that FX's president and general manager John Landgraf announced the pickup of the U.S.S. Alabama, a new series about the space crew aboard the USS Alabama. The show is being helmed by Reno 911 co-creators Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon and, like Reno, it features characters who aren't exactly the brightest. And it sounds like it will be heavily improvised.

Look, don't get me wrong, I loved Reno 911. I even liked the movie. But space improv — that just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. There's already so much going on when you set a show in space, and to pile improv on top of it... we're not so sure. True, these guys are the best, but we've read the script to Boldly Going Nowhere and it was pretty spectacular — as is. We can't imagine that FX will take on more than one space comedy, so I guess this means curtains for Boldly's holodeck masturbation jokes.


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If Thomas Lennon is involved, it will be funny. Everything he has ever made has been funny, even the shows that flopped. Now if only I could get my hands on copies of Viva Variety episodes. I've been wanting to see that again for years.