Deadline.com recently reported that former Chicago sketch-and-improv comedy stand-out Dave Koechner -- profiled last year in the Sun-Times -- will star in a half-hour comedy called "Whitey" on one of A&E's networks. The pilot is slated to film in mid-June and produced in part by "Hatfields & McCoys" creator Leslie Greif.
Koechner, as you might know, also starred as Todd Packer on NBC's "The Office" and is well known for his role as good-ol-boy sportscaster Champ Kind on Adam McKay's "Anchorman" films. Sample quote: "I will smash your face into a car windshield, and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again."
He's also the goofy interviewer in online ads for Denny's.
According to Deadline.com, "'Whitey' centers on Guy 'Whitey' White (Koechner), a bright, conservative and frustrated guy in his 40s who is struggling to understand the changing values of a country in a world that has forever gone with the wind. Whitey graduated high school, married his high school sweetheart and spent his career working at the local engine factory until he got laid off. Now what?"