TV Land Orders 'I Shudder' Pilot

TV Land said it has greenlit a pilot episode of prospective dark comedy series, I Shudder, starring Hamish Linklater and written by Paul Rudd. The Viacom-owned network said the concept is "a meticulous but generous man who sees the world in very black and white terms: what is acceptable, and what is unacceptable." Dan Jinks and Rudnick will executive produce.

The network said Linklater stars as the eccentric Elyot Vionnet, an advocate of manners, style and most importantly, common decency. Observing people committing heinous crimes of etiquette, he tries to counsel them from afar, inserting himself into their lives most unwelcomely. When the individuals he deems classless choose not to take his advice, they are met with terrible consequences. In the midst of his mission, Elyot allies himself with his neighbor, an 11-year-old girl named Stella, to try to make the world better, one tactless person at a time.

“This pilot is a unique dark dramedy, and is truly outside the box for TV Land,” Keith Cox, executive vice prresident of development and original programming for TV Land, said in a release. “We’re excited to explore new paths of genres for the network as we continue to evolve.”