Kevin Nealon, and Elizabeth Perkins play a royal married couple in a still-untitled NBC comedy pilot produced by Amy Poehler, Charlie Grandy, Brooke Posch and Dave Becky. As the king and queen of Modaria, Nealon and Perkins have to deal with their children’s competition for the throne and shenanigans against other royal scions. Grandy is writing and Poehler is directing the first episode.
I’m feeling the flow over Nealon’s casting, as Mr. Subliminal himself was doing the deadpan act on Saturday Night Live more than a decade before Ty Burrell or Nick Offerman. Both he and Perkins worked together on Showtime’s Weeds, and I’m always up for Perkins in a funny role. Big and He Said, She Said, both of which feature Perkins in hilarious roles, are two of my favorite comedies of the 1980s.
Nico Evers-Swindell (Manhattan Love Story, Grimm) plays the prodigal Prince Karl, back in Modaria after a year’s exile for embarrassing the family and ready to assume his royal title. Tim Baltz (Drunk History) is his younger brother Prince Marco who is also interested in the throne, and Jessie Ennis (Veep, Better Call Saul) is Princess Jana.
Perkins will be seen next in Ghostbusters, alongside Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Nealon was last featured in Small Time, and had a brilliant guest role on Drunk History, as the KKK's Grand Dragon.