Over at Beauty & Essex on the Lower East Side, filming is underway for the David Schwimmer vehicle Irreversible. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Friends actor and Sixth Street resident will produce and star in the semi-improvised series on ABC, a reworking of Bilti Hafich, the most-watched original comedy on Israeli TV. Here is the trade magazine’s breakdown of Schwimmer’s character.
Schwimmer will play Andy, a writer with two books under his belt — one that did very well and one that was a complete failure. He now makes a living conducting writing workshops part-time at the university, and has had a hard time mustering up the energy/resources to write his next novel, especially since his baby girl was born. [Schwimmer has a daughter who is about to turn 3]. Andy is a pessimist and one prone to extremes. He’s a classic spoiled only child with a tendency to complicate things and get into trouble — but he will always avoid conflict. He masks his low self-esteem with sarcasm, which often leads to him blowing up emotionally charged situations.
Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer — the team behind FX’s Rescue Me — will executive produce.
Even though Rescue Me went off the air in 2011, the minds behind that show continue to think alike. Not far away, inside of Irving Plaza, filming was underway on Rescue Me co-creator and star Denis Leary’s new project. While IMDB is listing Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll as a TV movie, Deadline and Entertainment Weekly report that it’s another FX series.
Besides writing and producing the show, Leary will star as Johnny Rock, “an aging rocker who ruined his dreams of being rich and famous as the lead singer of New York’s legendary early 1990s band The Heathens,” writes Entertainment Weekly. “Twenty-five years after breaking the band up on the same day their first and only record was released, Johnny, now a broke bartender, tries to get everyone back together.” Sex and the City alum John Corbett will co-star as Flash, The Heathens’ ex-guitarist. In real life, Leary plays in a band called The Enablers.