"NewsRadio" star Stephen Root, fresh from a recent turn on "Boardwalk Empire," has been cast in the Fox pilot "To My Future Assistant."
The pilot, which also cast Brittany Snow on Tuesday, is centered around a New York law office where the assistants band together to cope with their obnoxious, overbearing bosses. Catherine O'Hara, Joe Egender and Melissa Tang have also been cast.
Root will play "Frank," the stern, intense attorney who is the boss of Snow's character, "Jen." His character loads her down with chores and demeaning personal errands. But when she quits in frustration at being passed over for an associate lawyer job, he offers some surprisingly sound advice.
Root also played a challenging boss on five seasons of "NewsRadio": micromanaging billionaire station owner Jimmy James.
On "Boardwalk Empire," Root played the elegant con artist Gaston Means. He has also had recent turns on "Justified" and "The Good Wife."
Root will be seen on the big screen in Jacob Vaughan's "Milo," opposite Ken Marino and Gillian Jacobs, which will premiere at SXSW next month, and in Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep," with Redford and Shia LaBeouf.
"To My Future Assistant" is written and executive produced by Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, and executive produced by Jen Gwartz and Dan Lin. It comes from Lin Pictures and Warner Bros. TV.