EXCLUSIVE: TV Land successfully jump-started its half-hour comedy business with a sitcom from a former NBC comedy star, Sean Hayes’ Hot In Cleveland. Now USA Network is looking to do the same with Kelsey Grammer. As part of USA’s push in half-hour comedy, the network has bought the single-camera project The Dicocco Brothers, executive produced by Grammer through his Grammnet Prods. Written by Ed Cannistraci based on a story by him and his brother Chris Cannistraci, The Dicocco Brothers centers around an aspiring dot-com entrepreneur who moves to Silicon Valley with his Jersey family in tow. Ed Cannistraci is executive producing with Grammer, his Grammnet producing partner Brian Sher and Stella Stolper. USA signaled its intention to get back into half-hour comedies last May when it made its first script deal in the genre in more than a decade — a single-camera comedy from Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth starring Ron White. The network has been very selective in its half-hour development and is yet to greenlight its first half-hour comedy pilot from the new push in the genre. Besides The Dicocco Brothers, Gremmnet is co-producing with Lionsgate the Starz drama series Boss, starring Grammer and exec produced by him, Sher and Stolper, which started production in Chicago this week. “We are thrilled to embark on one of USA’s first comedies with such a prestigious production company (Grammnet) and a truly unique voice (Cannistraci brothers),” said USA’s SVP original scripted programming Bill McGoldrick.
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