David Krumholtz cast as lead in Fox's comedy pilot

In a further sign that the days are numbered for “Numbers,” David Krumholtz has been cast as the lead in Fox’s comedy pilot about the IRS.

Separately, CBS also officially tapped Alex O’Loughlin to star as Det. Steve McGarrett — the role made famous by Jack Lord — in its “Hawaii Five-O” redux. And Freddy Rodriguez (“Six Feet Under”) has scored the lead role in “Chaos,” the CBS drama pilot helmed by Brett Ratner.

On the IRS comedy, Krumholtz has signed on to play the lead role, Spencer. Untitled laffer comes from Ron Howard, Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV.

Based on an idea by Howard, Krumholtz will star as an IRS agent who attempts to find nobility in his work. Workplace comedy was written by “The Office’s” Brent Forrester, who exec produces with Howard, Brian Grazer and David Nevins.

Krumholtz is likely in second position on the IRS sitcom, as CBS has not yet officially made a decision on the fate of “Numbers.” Few expect it to return for another year. “Numbers” is set to be replaced on the Eye sked starting April 2 with “Miami Medical.”

The future has been cloudy for “Numbers,” particularly after CBS reduced this season’s episodic order from 22 to 16.

Krumholtz’s TV credits include “The Lyon’s Den,” the CBS sitcom “The Closer,” “Chicago Sons” and “Monty.” On the feature side, he appeared in “Superbad” and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.”

In the case of O’Loughlin, the thesp had been rumored for the McGarrett role. He most recently starred in CBS’ short-lived “Three Rivers” this season, and before that, on the Eye’s “Moonlight.” CBS has a habit of continually casting certain thesps (i.e., Simon Baker) in projects until they finally land a hit vehicle.

CBS TV Studios is behind “Hawaii Five-O.” O’Loughlin joins Daniel Dae Kim on the show.

As for “Chaos,” Rodriguez will star as a CIA agent forced to spy on his colleagues. Tom Spezialy is writer; 20th Century Fox TV produces.

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