EXCLUSIVE: TV Land has given cast-contingent orders to two new comedy pilots, the single-camera I’m Not Dead Yet from Ben Silverman’s Electus and the multi-camera Brothers-In-Law, executive produced by Scott Stuber. I’m Not Dead, based on the DBS-produced Israeli format Zanzuri, marks TV Land’s first single-camera pilot. Written by Jon Sherman (Frasier), it is about a man who finds out that he has a rare heart condition that could cause him to die at any moment and decides to finally start speaking his mind and live life to the fullest. Silverman is executive producing, with Electus’ Jimmy Fox co-executive producing.
Written and executive produced by comedy veterans Bill Martin and Mike Schiff (3rd Rock From The Sun), who will serve as showrunners, Brothers-In-Law revolves around the family dynamic between a husband and the eccentric fiancé of his wife’s twin sister, who have nothing in common but the sisters constantly force them to bond. Stuber is executive producing, with his development executive Quan Phung producing. “With these pilot orders, TV Land continues down a path to build its own library of original sitcoms that will be paired up with some of the best sitcoms ever made,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “This year, we are expanding beyond the multi-camera format — which has been so successful for us — to include one single-camera project.”
The network’s EVP development and original programming Keith Cox stressed the fact that TV Land is now attracting top producers. He noted that “it was harder than ever to choose our pilot orders” from the scripts developed but “we believe that the two scripts we selected have a very strong and original point of view and really have the potential to grow on our network.” TV Land has given its series a chance to grow — its first four original comedies have all gone to a second season. Its fifth, the Hot In Cleveland offshoot The Soul Man starring Cedric the Entertainer, premieres June 20, paired with Season 2 of The Exes. This summer, TV Land, which recently unveiled a new look and logo, also is opening a second night of original programming on Tuesday with the second season of Retired At 35, which launches June 26. The third season of TV Land’s flagship series Hot In Cleveland and the first half of Happily Divorced‘s second season conclude on June 6.
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