Veteran reality producer and comedic celebriality guru Cris Abrego has signed with CAA. He was at UTA. Along with frequent collaborator Mark Cronin, Abrego has been VH1′s go-to guy for the channel’s core celebreality fare with such series as The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love and Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business. He most recently ventured into broadcast as an executive producer of CBS’ reality series Same Name.
CBS has greenlighted The Same Name, an hourlong pilot from one of the masters of comedic celebreality, Cris Abrego. The project, which Abrego executive produces with Eugene Young, is a fish-out-of water comedic series involving regular people and celebrities with whom they happen to share the same name. Each self-contained episode of the show, produced by Endemol-owned 51 Minds, will feature a celebrity as he/she trades life and careers with his/hers name doppelganger