Stephen Fry to film new US comedy pilot The Great Indoors

The British national treasure will team up with Community's Joel McHale for a magazine-set sitcom execs hope could be the new 30 Rock

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Stephen Fry is heading to America to film a pilot for a new comedy series.

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Britain’s favourite polymath will star opposite Community’s Joel McHale in The Great Indoors, a new CBS comedy set in the offices of a travel magazine.

Fry will play Antonio, the magazine’s charismatic founder, who hires an adventure reporter (McHale) to oversee the millennials in the title’s digital department.

The creators are hoping the dynamic between Fry and McHale will have a similar frisson to Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey in 30 Rock, reports Deadline.com.

The Great Indoors is Fry’s second pilot for CBS, following 2013’s superhero comedy Super Clyde, which the network eventually passed on.

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Though a reasonably familiar face on US television, with roles in Bones and 24: Live Another Day, Fry has a long way to go to match the success of his former comedy partner Hugh Laurie, who became the highest paid actor on US television thanks to his role in House.