Nathan Fielder Signs Overall Deal With HBO

The superstar in the making will executive produce, write, and star in a new pilot for HBO.

Nathan For You

The Nathan Fielder beat has been a quiet one of late. His Comedy Central show Nathan for You went out on a high in 2017 with a two-hour season finale, a rom-com masterpiece, which we’ve since learned will serve as a fitting series finale. Since then, Fielder’s name popped up in the credits of Sasha Baron Cohen’s lightning rod limited series Who is America?, but the comedy world has been eagerly awaiting what Fielder’s next star vehicle would be.

According to an exclusive report from Variety, Fielder’s next two projects are in development at HBO. He reportedly signed a one-year overall deal to executive produce a comedy and develop another pilot in which he’ll star.

First up, Fielder is set to executive produce How to With… John Wilson, which is described in the report as a “half-hour, first person documentary series hosted by an anxious New Yorker (Wilson) who attempts to give everyday advice while dealing with his own personal issues.” Wilson is a documentarian and former private investigator known for producing low-budget, first-person films.

There are currently no details on Fielder’s own pilot, other than he’ll be pulling a Bill Hader and writing, directing, and starring in the project. Fielder pulled off a similar trick on Nathan For You over four seasons and 31 episodes. While never a ratings juggernaut, the series steadily earned a cult following and amassed critical acclaim and viral attention, in particular for the episodes “Dumb Starbucks” and the series finale “Finding Frances.” Fielder decided to end Nathan for You with season 4, with Comedy Central confirming the fate of the series nearly a year later. The series was twice voted runner-up in the annual Den of Geek Best TV Comedies of the Year Awards, objectively the most pretigious honor a TV comedy can receive. 

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More recently, Fielder has beefed up his acting resume; he appeared in The Disaster Artist and had voice roles on Rick and Morty, Bob’s Burgers, and The Simpsons