Comedy and real-life stories aren’t something new for Randall Park — and he has yet another to add to his repertoire soon.
Park and Ed Helms (Andy Bernard aka “The Nard Dog” of The Office) will co-host True Story, a “hybrid alternative-scripted series” on NBC, Deadline reports. Casting has begun for this six-episode series, featuring everyday people sitting down to share their “most extraordinary and unbelievably true stories.” Similar to Comedy Central’s Drunk History, the stories will get dramatically re-enacted by comedians and actors — albeit this time with no alcohol.
Each episode will be an hour long. The show itself is based on an Australian show called True Story with Hamish and Andy.
“I’m so excited to be a part of a show that combines three of my favorite things: great stories from real people, my pal Ed Helms, and couches,” Park said in an interview with Variety.
Park and Helms have shared the screen before — and on NBC, too. In one of The Office‘s memorable cold opens, Park plays “Asian Jim” and drives Dwight Schrute to question reality by posing as coworker Jim Halpert.
Helms also said he looked forward to working with Park, calling True Story an “incredibly warm, hilarious, and kind-spirited” show that will salute “the lost art of laughing at ourselves.”
“True Story is the perfect combination of heart, humor, and ingenuity that has become synonymous with the NBC Alternative brand,” said Meredith Ahr, president of NBC’s Alternative and Reality Group, in a statement to Hollywood Reporter. “We believe that truth can be stranger (and funnier!) than fiction, and Ed and Randall are the ultimate duo to help real people bring their incredible stories to life.”
True Story will be executive-produced by Helms, Tim Bartley, Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Ryan Shelton, Mike Falbo, and Nicolle Yaron. Yaron will also serve as showrunner.
Park has more on his plate this year: reprising his role as quirky FBI Agent Jimmy Woo in the upcoming Marvel series Wanda Vision. He also just wrapped up his role as optimistic family man Louis Huang in the sixth and last season of ABC’s Fresh off the Boat which concluded Friday.
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