Kristin Chenoweth joins animated comedy from 'Arrested Development' creator

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With Pushing Daisies looking all but canceled — production on episode 13 ended and no more episodes are expected to be ordered by ABC — a new gig has sprouted up for one of its stars, Kristin Chenoweth. EW.com has learned that she’s joined the cast of Fox’s animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up, about the staff at a small-town Florida high school. Chenoweth replaces Maria Bamford (Stuart Little 2) as the voice of science teacher Miracle Grohe (great name!). The series — which is slated to debut in the spring — is exec produced by Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, and its cast boasts Arrested vets Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Henry Winkler, along with Will Forte, Kenan Thompson, Cheri Oteri, Tom Kenny, and Nick Kroll.

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  • coolcoolcoolness

    i guess this means we’ll be seeing some singing? like a anti-high-school-musical episode.

  • Christine

    This does not do well for my denial of Pushing Daisies’ fate.

  • Anonymous

    awesome. just awesome. I’m so excited for this show. And it’s going to be WAY cheaper to make than Arrested because it’s animated … which hopefully means that FOX won’t be looking for a gold mine of ratings. Which means, god willing, the show may just last long enough to be enjoyable.

  • Michelle

    No!!!
    I love Kristin Chenoweth but not when she’s replacing the Bamer! One of the reasons I was excited about Sit Down, Shut Up was because it was giving one of my favorite comedians a steady gig.
    Thanks ABC. You’ve canceled one of my favorite shows and caused Maria Bamford to get fired.

  • Phil

    Yay for Kristen Chenowith!! I really hope the best for Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Swoosie Kurtz, and the rest of the Pushing Daisies cast. They were all so incredible, and I’m especially gonna miss Emerson Cod’s effing hilarious one-liners! Damn you viewers for not watching Pushing Daisies!

  • Michelle

    Yay for Kristen. I’m still mourning PD though. I hope the rest of the cast lands on their feet. Each of them is so talented and deserve to be successful.

  • mister f

    FOX, Arrested Development, Kristen Chenoweth, and Canceled sadly go hand in hand.
    Hope this one sticks though!

  • Alan of Montreal

    I am so looking forward to this show! I hope they pick it up in Canada. Arrested Development is the only show I own DVDs for. It would be great if some of the other cast members, such as Jessica Walters and Portia di Rossi, made guest appearances on the new show too!

  • Scott

    I really like Kristin Chenoweth (especially since The West Wing), but I can’t remember one show she’s been on that lasted. I think she and Ted McGinley might be the “kiss of death” for a TV show.

  • David Hutson

    Was anyone surprised at Pushing Daisies getting canceled? If so, I have two words for you – Arrested Development.
    This is why I’m giving up on TV in general – every time I fall in like with a show it’s a goner. John From Cincinnati. Arrested. Hell, even Deadwood. If I like it, rest assured it’s doomed to end prematurely, and I know there are LOTS of others to whom this statement applies. Is it just that we’re not Nielson people? :)

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