After weeks of negotiations, Tim Allen has officially come onboard ABC’s comedy pilot written by Jack Burditt. The project, first known as Man Up and then renamed to The Last Day of Man, is now untitled. The multicamera show, from 20th TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein Prod., centers on a guy (Allen) fighting for his manhood in a world of women. Burditt is executive producing with Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy, Becky Clements as well as Allen and his managers Richard Baker and Rick Messina. The project landed at ABC in November as a potential starring vehicle for Allen. If it goes to series, the comedy will mark Allen’s return to primetime and to ABC where he starred in the long-running hit Home Improvement.
EXCLUSIVE: Tagline Television, the six-year-old production company behind Psych, has signed a first-look deal with Universal Cable Prods., the studio that produces the veteran USA Network dramedy.
Tagline already has 2 other hourlong projects set up at UCP, Faerborne and Under. Faerborne, from writer Andrew Robinson, is for sibling cable network Syfy. It centers on a young Seattle businessman whose life is turned upside down when he learns that he is a “Changeling” – a fairy left to be raised by humans – and must be trained to fight goblins and other mythical creatures that live among us in disguise. The Kevin O’Hare-written Under, which is yet to be set up at a network, centers on a talented young doctor who discovers that his gambling father had his college financed by the Mob and is forced to moonlight for the mafia as their “on call doctor.”
Psych creator Steve Franks is behind a new hourlong project about a duo helping a local police department, this time for A&E. Titled Tropical Fox, the project, which Franks is co-writing with Kell Cahoon, centers on a brilliant British detective who goes rogue to track a wanted criminal in Hawaii and ends up forming an unlikely partnership with a local cop on the sleepy side of Oahu to aid the Honolulu Police Department.
Over at Cartoon Network, the company has set up Citizen’s Arrest, a half-hour live-action comedy from writer Jason Ward about a sixteen-year-old boy who acts out his …
The ABC Studios/Tagline-produced Man Up stems from writer-actor Moynihan’s two-script deal with the studio. In addition to writing and executive producing, Moynihan is set to co-star in the project, a look at what it takes to survive as a modern man, as told through the eyes of three best friends and the women in their lives. Also executive producing are Tagline’s Ron West and Kelly Kulchak. Moynihan is with Rothman Brecher and Thruline. (This is not to be confused with Jack Burditt’s comedy script Man Up, also at ABC, which has Tim Allen circling.)
The Warner Bros. TV-produced Smothered is based on Reich and Cohen’s real-life experiences and centers on a young couple who find themselves smothered by their two very different sets of parents whose only thing in common is that their children are married to each other. Reich and Cohen are with WME.
After a heated bidding between ABC and CBS that stretched over the weekend, Man Up, a new half-hour project from veteran comedy writer-producer Jack Burditt (30 Rock) and a potential starring vehicle for Tim Allen, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. Word is new ABC programming chief Paul Lee was personally involved in the network’s efforts to get the comedy that would bring Allen back to ABC where he toplined one of the network’s biggest comedies, Home Improvement. Man Up, from 20th TV and studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein, is a multi-camera family comedy about a guy fighting for his manhood in a world of women. Burditt is writing as well as executive producing along with Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy and Becky Clements. Allen has been looking to return to TV and met with a number of writers in the past few months.