April 16, 2010 / 3:56 AM / 8 years ago

Patton Oswalt suffers another setback

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - There’s been a shakeup on NBC comedy pilot “Beach Lane”: Patton Oswalt is out of his co-starring role a few days after being cast.

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt arrives at the 25th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles, March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The comedian was announced Monday to co-star in the project alongside Matthew Broderick and Kristen Johnston. One source said that producers have offered Oswalt another part, but it was unclear whether he is interested in staying on in a different role.

Oswalt was set to play James, a slacker with inherited wealth who’s given the job of running a small newspaper in the Hamptons. He hires a renowned journalist (Broderick) to help turn around the paper. Oswalt’s reps had no comment.

Oswalt, who won acclaim last year with the movie “Big Fan,” was set to appear on Broadway this month in a revival of Terrence McNally’s play “Lips Together, Teeth Apart.” But production was postponed shortly after Megan Mullally quit the show out of frustration with the relative inexperience of Oswalt, whom she reportedly tried to have replaced.

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