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FX Greenlights B.J. Novak Anthology Series

FX has given a series order to a half-hour anthology from “The Office” star B.J. Novak. The untitled series (formerly known as “Project”) is described as using the issues of our times as a jumping off point to tell character-driven stories about the world we live in at present. Each episode will feature a different cast and the pick up comes after the show filmed its first two episodes. Episode one features Lucas Hedges, Kaitlyn Dever, Beau Bridges, O’Shea Jackson Jr., George Wallace, Ed Asner, Brendan Francis Scannell, among others. The second episode stars Jon Bernthal, Boyd Holbrook, and Amy Landecker.

“We have been admirers of B.J. Novak for a long time,” Nick Grad, president of original programming at FX Entertainment, said Wednesday in a statement. “We loved his creative twist on the anthology format, and he delivered on two phenomenal episodes. We are looking forward to going into production on the rest of the season and supporting BJ’s ambitious vision for this project.”

Novak wrote and directed the first two episodes and serves as executive producer. FX Productions will produce.