“30 Rock’s” Maulik Pancholy has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about a couple - Whitney (Cummings) and Alex (Chris D’Elia) - and their relationship foibles. He’ll play their friend Neal (“sensitive, cool, metrosexual”) in the Universal Media Studios-based half-hour, which also stars Beverly D’Angelo and Zoe Lister. Andy Ackerman is also reportedly on board to direct from a script by Cummings.
“For Jonathan, I feel like the heart of it is the weird, obsessive love an executive assistant has for his boss and the lengths he’ll go to, to protect that. And of course that comes out in all sorts of surprising ways because of who Jonathan is…and who Jack Donaghy is. I’ve had people who work at big companies come up to me and say things like, “Oh my gosh, we have an assistant at our office who is JUST like you!”, or even, “I AM you! My boss totally treats me like that!” Which I love. I mean, I think as an actor, you’re always trying to touch on something that hits home for people. So, it’s just been such a treat to get to develop that with Alec, and it’s always so fun to play scenes with him.