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Austin is hitting the small screen for a new Fox Entertainment comedy series based on the popular Texas Monthly column, "The Texanist," starring big-name actor Thomas Haden Church.


A column with the answers to any and all questions about Texas, "The Texanist" has been written by Dave Courtney since 2007. Texas Monthly called the series a "fairly-faithful adaptation" of the column with one change: Haden will play a radio show host.

The Texanist himself confirmed the news on his Twitter.

Haden, who starred in the popular TV series "Wings," will play Dave, an opinionated Texan grappling with the ever-changing Austin landscape, giving out advice where he can.

Though he was born in California, Church is a Texas man. Church, who will produce the show in addition to playing the lead, has lived all over Texas—Laredo, El Paso, Dallas, Fort Worth and he even owns a ranch outside of Kerrville—and graduated from the University of North Texas.

Texas Monthly will have some say in the show—Courtney will play a producing role on the show, alongside fellow Texas Monthly Executive Editor Megan Creydt and Texas Monthly President Scott Brown.

The show is in the early stages of development and has not revealed a release date.

The challenge for all of us this Thanksgiving is letting go of what we've lost in this tough year and treasure what we still have.

We at Austonia are thankful for you. Since we launched our site in April, we've done our best to connect you to Austin, with stories ranging from the important to the delightfully superficial. Your response has been strong and we are grateful.

At this time of thanks, we have a variety of stories for you. Laura Figi writes about "a greener holiday," food trends, and Friday shopping. Emma Freer writes about a nearby annual Native American heritage celebration. And Roberto Ontiveros brings us a thoughtful piece that looks at the human toll of Austin's gentrification—the often painful flip side to having shiny new bars, restaurants, and apartments—in this case it's displacement of the Black community on East 11th Street. Finally, we ask you how you're celebrating the holiday this year.

Our best to you and your loved ones!

—The Austonia Team

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