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Eddie Izzard bringing 'Junior Bender' crime comedy to NBC

Eddie Izzard is delving into the detective genre at NBC.

EW has confirmed that NBC and Izzard are working together on Junior Bender, a television adaptation of Timothy Hallinan’s series of comedic crime novels. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has given a script commitment to the comedy drama, which will follow the titular thief who moonlights as a private detective for criminals who can’t go to the police.

Jessica Ball will write the script and executive produce alongside Izzard and Sarah Townsend under the Universal Television studio banner. There’s no word on whether Izzard will star in the project, which is still in early stages of development.

Lara Jean Chorostecki teases her return on 'Hannibal': 'Freddie isn't just a foil'

Freddie Lounds may be a tabloid journalist more interested in a story than morals, but make no mistake: She is also a sociopath, playing on the same field as Hannibal’s widening bench of crazies. “I think it’s a really interesting character to see on TV: a female sociopath. We don’t often see that,” says Lara Jean Chorostecki, who plays the fiery-haired reporter.

Thus far on the series, we’ve seen Freddie actively interfere with the FBI’s hunt for killers. We’ve also seen her confront other characters with hard truths. That ambiguous balance — who and what concerns her, as with Kacey Rohl’s Abigail, who is suspected of being complicit in her father’s serial killing — continues throughout the rest of the first season, as more of the character’s “complex layers” are revealed: “Freddie isn’t just a foil, as would be so easy to dismiss her,” Chorostecki says.

Fans of Thomas Harris’ novels, upon which Hannibal is based, will remember that Freddie is actually Freddy — she is a he. But the pronoun flip is more than skin-deep. As Chorostecki tells it, creator Bryan Fuller came to her after she was cast with a specific visual inspiration. “[He] said to me, ‘Do you know of Rebekah Brooks?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I do, I’ve heard of her, of course.’ And he said, ‘Well here’s a picture. This is what we’re modeling you on.’”

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Eddie Izzard previews IFC's 'Bullet in the Face,' talks 'Mockingbird Lane'

If the unflinching title of IFC’s dark comedy Bullet in the Face doesn’t pique your interest, perhaps the unorthodox casting of British comedian Eddie Izzard will do. As merciless mob boss Tannhäuser, Izzard has a bloody good time in the two-night miniseries. Below, Izzard talks about going to a “demented place” to play the sociopathic shut-in and spills some fresh details on his upcoming NBC series Mockingbird Lane.

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