Proof That Paul Scheer Is the Hardest Working Man in Television
Paul Scheer is the hardest working man in television. With two hit TV shows on the air and countless guest spots on TV's biggest sitcoms, he's got four more big TV projects coming soon (and that's on top of a few movies and his first comic book for Marvel, which will release this month).
"I'm just trying to make ends meet before the baby comes — we gotta pay for that baby's crib!," Scheer said with a laugh, just days before he and his wife, fellow Hollywood multi-tasker June Diane Raphael, welcomed their first child. "While people still give me the opportunity to do it, I figure take as many opportunities as I can."
Scheer has gone from being a very recognizable "that guy from that thing" type to an in-demand TV powerhouse, on- and off-camera, working with some of the biggest names in the business. But none of Scheer's current or upcoming projects are on network television, and his sitcom pilot that ABC purchased last fall is not going to series. ("The ABC comedy, sadly, is dead. Like all the pilots that have come before, it was a very fun experience, but it did not make it into the final running," Scheer confirmed.) But he'd rather be doing more offbeat cable projects, anyway, if it means he can do several of them at once — and end them after a few solid seasons.
"Yeah, I think I've learned a lot from the British people that way," Scheer joked, adding praise for a Brit who's done it right. "Steve Coogan, who I'm such a huge fan of — Alan Partridge has been around for 20 years, but it's not been 20 consistent years of Alan Partridge. That's the good model: Revisit it when you feel that there's some reason to do it, not just because you can. That's why I don't want to work in network TV all the time — on network TV, you're locked in for seven years. If you're on cable, you have the ability to do other things."
So as "The League" preps to begin shooting Season 6 for FX, it's understandable that he's concerned about wrapping it up before they overstay their TV welcome. The fate of his Adult Swim crime procedural spoof "NTSF:SD:SUV::" is in his hands, and since he wasn’t thinking there was much more to tell, they're taking a break, pretty indefinitely.
But he's got a "Real Housewives" parody show for Hulu, a new comedy special with his old "Human Giant" pal Rob Huebel, a new "G.I. Joe"-inspired cartoon for Adult Swim, and an HBO series that he describes as "True Detective"-esque… but a documentary-style comedy. We're in.
Here are updates and details on all of Paul Scheer's TV projects:
"The League" (FXX)
"'The League' will be doing Season 6 — we're starting up this summer. One of the bummers… not a bummer, but one of the things about 'The League' is we've done it for six years! You're doing the same stuff over and over, and even though it's fun and the cast is fun, I think it's always fun to try to do different stuff so you don't feel like you're just staying in the same place all the time. The whole cast right now is up in the air, figuring out what we want to do. We love working together and FX treats us really great, but… we'll see. You don't want to be doing stuff when it just feels like, 'Oh, they're still doing that?'"