New comedy series to feature John Cleese
The working title for the series is The Web, and is a new midseason comedy series about a fledgling TV network and the 'the craziest, quirkiest and somewhat damaged personalities that have ever paraded through the executive halls of Hollywood' running it.
You're watching IBS. David Weiss (Ivan Sergei, Jack & Jill, The Opposite of Sex) is the new guy, a fish out of mid-western water struggling to maintain some semblance of normalcy in the cutthroat world of entertainment. Hired by Red (John Cleese in a recurring role), the owner of the network, for his insight into the average American mind, David is upbeat and optimistic about making a difference in this world. That's going to be a challenge considering he's working with an atypical ensemble of crazy characters and celebrities, all unpredictably flammable, insecure and looking over their shoulders at all times.
David's fellow network associates include Paul Weffler (Ed Begley, Jr.), the president of IBS, who hopes David is a golden child who'll revive the network and save his job – without actually taking his position away from him; Mike McClarren (James McCauley), senior vice president of programming, who bets money that David won't last a week in the biz without lying; Lindsay Urich (Melinda McGraw), vice president of comedy development, who can take a man's simple "hello" and turn it into a sexual harassment suit; and Joanne Waters (Sherri Shepherd), who started at the company five months ago as an assistant and is now the vice president of programming.
With no time to adapt, David has been thrown into the deep end of the ocean and finds himself surrounded by sharks. But he's a survivor, and he'll do his best to try and duck the personality disorders of the well intentioned but misguided showbiz folks who threaten to take his morals and decency down with them.
The Web stars Ivan Sergei as David Weiss, Ed Begley, Jr. as Paul Weffler, Melinda McGraw as Lindsay Urich, Sherri Shepherd as Joanne Waters and James McCauley as Mike McClarren.
Peter Tolan (The Larry Sanders Show, The Job) and Lauren Corrao (The Job) serve as executive producers. The Web, which is shot before an audience, is from Touchstone Television.