Archana Ram
April 12, 2010 AT 11:13 PM EDT

Transforming from an animated rat in Ratatouille to a Hamptons billionaire in NBC’s new series, Beach Lane, Patton Oswalt has certainly climbed the character ladder. Oswalt and Third Rock From the Sun‘s Kristen Johnston have joined Matthew Broderick in the pilot, about a millionaire (Oswalt) who hires a celebrity author (Broderick) to help his struggling newspaper in the Hamptons. Johnston’s role has not yet been announced. Oswalt became available for the project after his Broadway show Lips Together, Teeth Apart fell through last month.

Would you like to see Oswalt as a non-animated leading man, PopWatchers? He’s certainly due for his own TV series, don’t you think?

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