Once upon a time, Joel McHale was pretty much known just as the host of "Talk Soup," a show where he frequently provided commentary on the news being made by movie stars. And now?
Well, now he is that news.
Yes, cable TV's ultimate outsider has officially become an insider, as Deadline is reporting that McHale is close to inking a deal to star in the upcoming big budget comedy "Ted" alongside award favorites Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.
McHale is in the midst of a major career high, as he is not only starring in one of TV's most buzzed about cult hits, the NBC comedy "Community," but is also slated to host the Independent Spirit Awards tomorrow. Add to that the fact that he already has three films in the queue for 2011 -- "The Big Year," "What's Your Number?" and the new "Spy Kids" relaunch -- and it's clear that McHale is now one of the cool kids.
So just what will he be doing in "Ted?" According to the report, McHale will portray a "sleazy boss who is always putting the moves" on Kunis, who plays one of his employees. Kunis, meanwhile, is concerned that her boyfriend (Wahlberg) is involved in a destructive relationship with his good-for-nothing teddy bear. Well, why the hell not? After all, "Ted" is being brought to the big screen by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, so the sky's the limit.
Which also describes McHale's career arc. And to think, we all knew him when.