EXCLUSIVE: Frasier and Desperate Housewives alum Bob Daily has signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, he will join the studio’s new CBS single-camera comedy series We Are Men as an executive producer. The project, created/executive produced by Rob Greenberg, stars Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell and Chris Smith as four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. (Check out the trailer here.) We Are Men is assembling a very strong group of writer-producers. In addition to Daily, Tad Quill was just signed on as a consulting producer. Daily, repped by WME, most recently executive produced/ran NBC’s Robert Padnick comedy pilot.
EXCLUSIVE: Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin, who wrote and are executive producing the CW’s Beauty And The Beast reboot, have signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios, the studio behind the freshman series. The two-year pact will include Cooper and Levin’s services as executive producers/co-showrunners on Beauty And The Beast, which they run with Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson.
EXCLUSIVE: Gary Fleder’s company Mojo Films has signed a two-year deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, Fleder will continue as an executive producer on the studio’s new CW drama series Beauty And The Beast whose pilot he directed. It marked the ninth pilot helmed by Fleder to go to series. He also recently directed the key post-pilot episode of another new CBS TV Studios drama series, CBS’ Vegas.
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are staying put at CBS TV Studios. The duo’s Timberman/Beverly Prods has signed a new three-year overall deal with CBS Studios, where they have been since 2010. Like their previous pact, the new one is exclusive in network TV and first-look in cable. Timberman and Beverly landed new series on the air in both years of their first deal with CBS Studios. The company is behind one of this fall’s highest-profile new shows, CBS’ Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary, which landed the marquee Thursday 10 PM slot. It is one of three series Timberman/Beverly has on the air alongside FX’s Justified and Showtime’s newly picked up Masters Of Sex, both produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Timberman and Beverly were previously based. Last season, Timberman/Beverly had two freshman series on the CBS schedule, Unforgettable and A Gifted Man. Following the surprise cancellation of Unforgettable, the studios that produced the drama procedural, CBS TV Studios and Sony TV, are currently exploring ways to continue it elsewhere.
EXCLUSIVE: Breakout Kings co-creator Nick Santora has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, he will join the studio’s new CBS drama series Vegas starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis as co-executive producer and will develop new projects. The deal reunites Santora with CBS Studios president David Stapf. As a writer-producer on the CBS drama The Guardian Santora worked with Stapf, then head of current programming at CBS.
Santora did stints on The Guardian, The Sopranos and Law & Order before joining Fox’s Prison Break right after the pilot. He worked on the Fox drama for its entire four-year run, rising to co-executive producer and landing an overall deal with the series’ producer, 20th Century Fox TV. Santora and Prison Break executive producer Matt Olmstead went on to create Breakout Kings, originally for Fox. The project migrated to A&E where it was picked up to series and ran for two years via 20th TV’s Fox21 until the network’s decision yesterday not to proceed with Season 3. Both Santora and Olmstead have already lined up their next gigs — Santora is off to CBS Studios and Vegas, Olmstead recently signed on as showrunner on the new NBC/Dick Wolf drama series Chicago Fire.
EXCLUSIVE: Jennie Snyder Urman, creator/executive producer of the CW drama pilot First Cut, has signed a two-year overall deal with the studio that produces it, CBS TV Studios. Urman has a long relationship with CBS TV Studios. She served as co-executive producer on its CW series 90210. Last season, she …