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Betsy Thomas Shepherds ABC Comedy, Laurence Mark Produces CBS Half-Hour

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 7:06am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Terrible People, a comedy from UK writer/performer Humphrey Ker (Holding Patterns), Todd Holland and Karey Burke’s Dark Toy Entertainment (Go On) and Betsy Thomas (My Boys), has been sold to ABC through Universal TV where Dark Toy is based. Ker will write the project, which is loosely based on his life, with Thomas supervising. Terrible People centers on Charlie Stevenson who dutifully goes to see his narcissistic, manipulative father and stepmother for a short visit, but finds himself drawn in for a permanent stay when he sees what awful children his half-brother and sister are becoming, believing that he must intervene and help raise these children to stop the cycle of rapacious awfulness. Holland and Burke will executive produce with Thomas. Ker, repped by WME and PBJ Management in the UK, will appear in season three of Showtime’s Episodes. Thomas and Dark Toy are with WME.

CBS has put in development The Man’s Guide To Love, a single-camera comedy inspired by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett’s website themansguidetolove.com which offers man-to-man advice about love and relationships, born from interviews with over  3,000 men around the world. Levin and Flackett will co-write the script with Andrew Goldberg and will executive produce with Laurence Mark through CBS TV Studios.

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TCA: NBC’s ‘It’ Girl Whitney Cummings On The Appeal Of Multicamera Sitcom Genre

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

Whitney Cummings, the actress-comedian who was introduced by NBC programming honcho Bob Greenblatt as the ‘It’ Girl circa 2011, met the press at TCA this afternoon, fresh from a wildly overachieving upfront season that’s poised to take her from relative obscurity to double-threat superstardom virtually overnight. Cummings was on hand to hype her new self-titled comedy Whitney that she created and executive produces as well as stars in. But another series she co-created with Sex and the City guru Michael Patrick King, CBS’ 2 Broke Girls, also got picked up after having been the network’s best-testing pilot ever. Oh, and her new four-camera sitcom also has the prime placement on NBC Thursday nights at 9:30 coming out of The Office. All in all, not too shabby for a standup comedian and actress whose biggest previous credits were on MTV’s Punk’d and hanging out late nights with Chelsea Handler on E! Read More »

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Betsy Thomas To Run NBC’s Whitney Cummings Comedy Pilot

By | Wednesday February 16, 2011 @ 6:55am PST
Nellie Andreeva

My Boys creator-executive producer Betsy Thomas has joined NBC’s untitled multicamera Whitney Cummings pilot as executive producer-showrunner. It stars Cummings as the half of a young couple who tackle the ups and downs of a committed relationship in today’s complicated world. Cummings wrote the script and is co-executive producing. Before TBS’ My Boys, Thomas created the CW sitcom Run of the House.

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Sony Gets Premium Deals For 3 TV Sitcoms

By | Monday October 4, 2010 @ 6:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sony Pictures TV has set up 3 half-hour projects – one at ABC and 2 at NBC – with script commitments that all have penalties attached to all. The ABC project reunited the studio’s non-writing producer Jamie Tarses with Betsy Thomas, creator of the recently canceled TBS sitcom series My Boys, which the two executives produced for Sony TV. Thomas is writing and exec producing the untitled ABC workplace relationships comedy. Read More »

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TBS Cancels Comedy Series ‘My Boys’

By | Tuesday September 14, 2010 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TBS has opted not to renew quirky comedy My Boys for a 5th season, making the fourth season finale which aired on Sunday in actuality the series finale. The show from Sony TV and creator Betsy Thomas never became a ratings hit but developed a devoted cult following. While the odds of it continuing were considered long, My Boys and its cast were showcased prominently at Turner’s upfront presentation in May, and TBS and TNT’s programming chief Michael Wright stressed back then that he would seriously consider picking up the comedy for another season if it did well in the ratings in Season 4. Unfortunately, it didn’t. The show’s fourth season has averaged 942,000 viewers in live+7, down 19% from season 3. In adults 18-49, it drew 635,000, down 23%. Also unfortunate is that, because of My Boys‘ summer run and uncertain future, its stars Jordana Spiro and Kyle Howard had to pull out of their newly picked up NBC series, Love Bites and Perfect Couples, respectively. UPDATE: Despite Love Bites‘ anthology style, don’t look for Spiro to return to the show full-time now that she is free. That role has been reconceived, a network source said. But the My Boys cutie will no doubt get a ton of other offers soon.

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