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Danny Masterson Cast As The Lead Of TBS’ Comedy Pilot ‘Men At Work’

By | Friday September 30, 2011 @ 12:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Danny Masterson has landed the lead in TBS’ pilot Men At Work, a multi-camera sitcom created by Breckin Meyer. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and Jamie Tarses’ studio-based Fanfare, is an ensemble multi-camera comedy that centers on Milo (Masterson), a nice guy recently dumped by his girlfriend who enlists the help of his friends to reactivate his manhood. Meyer, Tarses and Julia Franz are executive producing. That ’70s Show alum Masterson, repped by UTA and Masterson Management, most recently starred in and produced comedy pilot Playing with Guns. He toplined both the original pilot at Spike TV and the second, revamped version, ordered by Comedy Central earlier this year.

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‘Playing With Guns’ Not Going Forward At Comedy Central; Can It Cheat Death Again?

Nellie Andreeva

Comedy Central has passed on the pilot Playing With Guns. This is the second time the Varsity Pictures/Lionsgate TV project about two buddies-turned-cops has found itself in that position. Last year, it went to pilot at Spike TV but wasn’t picked up to series. Then early this year, Spike’s sister Viacom network, Comedy Central, greenlighted to pilot a retooled version of the show with Ethan Suplee joining original star Danny Masterson as the second lead. Playing With Guns was one of three pilots in serious consideration at the network, along with The Nick Show Kroll and an untitled series starring MadTV alum Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The last two were picked up to series last month.

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Comedy Central Resurrects Spike TV’s ‘Playing With Guns’ With Pilot Order

Nellie Andreeva

Playing with Guns has been picked up to pilot… again. The project, which shot a pilot for Spike TV last year but didn’t make the cut to series, has now been greenlighted by another Viacom network, Comedy Central. Back is star Danny Masterson and producers Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate TV as well as writers Bob Castrone, Brian Levin and Jason Zumwalt. But now, Masterson is joined by a new co-lead, My Name Is Earl‘s Ethan Suplee, who replaces Joey Kern.

Playing with Guns centers on two best friends (Masterson, Suplee) who had no idea what they wanted to be when they grew up, so they decided to sign up for a job that allows them to hang out together, run red lights, and best of all – play with guns. So they became cops, patrolling the suburban town they grew up in and trying to get the most out of their badges while doing the least amount of police work possible. Word is Comedy Central brass liked the premise of the show but wanted to do it its own, leading to a complete revamp complete with Castrone, Levin and  Zumwalt writing a brand new script. Filming on the pilot will start next week in Wilmington, NC where the original pilot for Spike was also shot. Varsity Pictures’ Brian Robbins is back as executive producer and director of the pilot … Read More »

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