“I think [show creator] Rob [Thomas] is gonna give the fans exactly the movie that they have paid for, literally,” Chris told Hollywood Crush earlier this week. Mere hours after the Kickstarter campaign was launched back in March, it amassed $2 million and has since raised over $5.7 million. The movie adaptation of the cult-loved TV series is slated to begin production this summer.
“I think we were all really shocked,” Chris said. “I remember talking to Kristen [Bell] and Rob the night before they launched it and them being like, ‘I hope this… this could be a massive embarrassment.’ And then, to get a call 10 hours later from launch being like, ‘We funded it,’ was crazy. You know what I mean? So I’m really looking forward to it.”
In the years since bidding the show goodbye, Chris has appeared in lots of other stuff and will headline his forthcoming, sibling-themed Fox sitcom, “Enlisted,” but he says he had no hesitations about doing the “Veronica Mars” movie.
“Not at all, no not at all. I’m so excited to work with those guys again,” he gushed.
Fox has officially picked up “Enlisted”
About the Show
Three brothers, one Army, but absolutely no fighting!
ENLISTED is an irreverent but heartfelt single-camera comedy about three brothers on a small Florida Army base and the group of misfits who surround them.
Charming, funny and a natural-born leader, Sergeant PETE HILL (Geoff Stults, “Ben and Kate,” “The Finder”) was on a path for a huge military career until one mistake overseas got him booted stateside to Fort McGee, the base in Florida where his two younger brothers are stationed. Now, as head of their platoon, Pete must serve both as big brother and military boss. Corporal DERRICK HILL (Chris Lowell, “Private Practice,” “Veronica Mars”) is the middle brother – smart and sarcastic, he likes to stir up trouble and doesn’t really care about being a soldier. Private RANDY HILL (Parker Young, “Suburgatory”), on the other hand, loves it. He’s the hyper-enthusiastic, hyper-goofy – just hyper – youngest brother who wants to be the gung-ho “GI Joe” military ideal.
The Hill brothers serve on the Rear Detachment (Rear D) unit, comprised of the soldiers left behind when everyone else is deployed, because they’re not quite good enough to be sent overseas, yet not bad enough to be kicked out of the Army. These are the men and women who mow lawns at the base, sort mail, wash tanks, find lost dogs and maybe engage in a war game or two. But the Rear D’s main job is taking care of deployed soldiers’ families. Whatever they need, the Rear D soldiers do. And, in the event that something happens to a soldier overseas, the Rear D troops break the news to the family and become a supportive shoulder to cry on. It’s a job that shifts each moment from the thrilling to the mundane to the emotional and back again.
Fort McGee is run by Command Sergeant Major DONALD CODY (Emmy Award winner Keith David, “Cloud Atlas,” “The Cape”), a firm but fair man who served with the brothers’ late father. Major Cody promised to look out for them, so he brought all the brothers to the base to fulfill that promise. Cody has seen it all and lost a foot to prove it – which no one can forget, probably since he never misses an opportunity to bring it up. Confident, funny, tough and beautiful, Sergeant JILL PEREZ (Angelique Cabral, “Friends with Benefits”) is the same rank as Pete and leads the other Rear D platoon on base.
A military-set family comedy, ENLISTED centers on three brothers who, when the best of the best are sent overseas, stay behind to try to keep the base in order. Between hijacking tanks, inventing new drinking games and accidentally blowing up a fuel truck, they will inadvertently discover the key to strengthening their long-lost childhood bonds.
ENLISTED is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, and written and created by Kevin Biegel (“Cougar Town,” “Scrubs,” “South Park”). The series is executive-produced by Biegel and Mike Royce (“Men of a Certain Age,” “Everybody Loves Raymond”). The pilot was directed by Phil Traill (“Suburgatory,” RAISING HOPE).
Source: Official Website
Promotional images of the cast and the first episode(s) are now up in the gallery.
Private Practice and Veronica Mars grad Chris Lowell has landed the third and final brother role opposite The Finder‘s Geoff Stults and Suburgatory‘s Parker Young in Enlisted, Fox’s military-themed comedy pilot from Cougar Town cocreator Kevin Biegel, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The single-camera project is based on Biegel’s relationship with his siblings and follows three very different brothers working together in the Army at a small base in Florida.
Lowell will play Derrick, the sarcastically funny middle brother of Randy (Young) and Pete (Stults) who is smart but the most cynical out of the bunch. He hates being a soldier in the Rear Detachment but hasn’t quite figured out what to do instead.
Source: TV Line