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Gethard to replace Heder in Comedy Central series

Upright Citizens Brigade regular Chris Gethard has been tapped to replace Jon Heder on the upcoming Comedy Central comedy “Big Lake.”

Heder dropped out of the show last week over creative differences, just two days before production was set to start.

To find Heder’s replacement, Gary Sanchez Prods. Partners Adam McKay and Chris Henchy didn’t have to look far: Gethard appears in the upcoming summer feature “The Other Guys,” which was written by McKay and Henchy and directed by McKay.

McKay, Henchy and Gary Sanchez partner Will Ferrell are behind “Big Lake” (working title), along with fellow exec producer Lew Morton. Comedy Central has already ordered an initial 10 episodes of the series, with an option for 90 more.

It’s also a “Saturday Night Live” reunion of sorts: Gethard has written for the latenight sketch staple and will star opposite “SNL” alums Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell.

Gethard stars as a man chasing big dreams even as he loses his job and moves in with his parents.

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