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‘Breaking In’ Co-Creator Adam Goldberg Signs Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A year ago, film and TV  writer Adam F. Goldberg landed his first broadcast pilot order with the Fox comedy Breaking In. It didn’t make the cut in May but, in a rare case of a pilot coming back from the dead, it received a seven-episode midseason order by the network six months later. To top it off, the single-camera comedy  starring Christian Slater landed a killer time slot, following American Idol‘s performance show on Wednesday. Now, Goldberg is wrapping a breakthrough year in TV with his first overall deal, a two-year pact at Sony Pictures TV, which produces Breaking In with studio-based Happy Madison.

Goldberg started off in TV as writer of Syfy’s 2001 comedy pilot Area 52 and as writer-producer on CBS’ multicamera sitcom Still Standing. He segued into movies, writing Fanboys and also working on the DreamWorks animated comedies Monsters vs. Aliens and How to Train Your Dragon. But he kept his toe in the TV waters through Happy Madison where he wrote four consecutive comedy pilot scripts for the past 4 years. The fourth, Breaking In, went to pilot, which he co-created with director Seth Gordon. After encouraging early buzz – Breaking In was reportedly Fox’s highest-testing pilot last season – the network passed on the project, a workplace comedy set at a digital security firm, in favor of Greg Gracia’s Raising Hope, Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett’s Running Wilde and Traffic Light. Goldberg says … Read More »

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It’s Official: Fox Picks Up Christian Slater Comedy ‘Breaking In’ For Midseason

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fox has picked up comedy pilot Breaking In for midseason with a seven-episode order. The order comes after several weeks of negotiations between Fox and the project’s producer Sony Pictures TV. The single-camera workplace comedy starring Christian Slater is being rumored as a possible replacement for Fox’s  underperforming fall comedy Running Wilde, which has not received a back order. It is expected to be featured on Fox’s upcoming midseason schedule. The Sony TV/Happy Madison-produced Breaking In, which is set at a digital security firm, was developed last season. The pilot, written /exec produced by Adam F. Goldberg and directed/exec produced by Seth Gordon, had buzz and tested very well but ultimately missed the cut for a series pickup at Fox in May. In June, the network gave it a new lease of life with an order for 2 additional scripts, leading to Sony TV’s decision to extend the options on the cast, led by Slater and featuring Reaper star Bret Harrison. With the pickup, Sony TV now has comedy series on each of the Big 4 broadcast networks: Mr. Sunshine and Happy Endings on ABC, veteran Rules of Engagement and midseason entry Mad Love on CBS, sophomore Community on NBC and Breaking In on Fox.

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Fox Eyes Midseason Order For ‘Breaking In’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Last season’s Fox comedy pilot Breaking In may make it to the air after all. I hear the network is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV  to pick up the  project starring Christian Slater to series for midseason. The single-camera workplace comedy set at a digital security firm, is rumored as a possible replacement for underperforming fall comedy Running Wilde, which has not received a back order. Fox’s midseason schedule announced in May has Running Wilde airing after American Idol‘s 90-minute performance show on Tuesday, sharing the 9:30 PM slot with midseason comedy Mixed Signals. Read More »

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