NBC has put in development Fifth Wheel, a comedy from ABC Studios and studio-based The Mark Gordon Co. The project was written on spec by Heidi Niedermeyer & Elena Crevello, best known for their viral video S**t People In L.A. Say (you can see it below). It a twentysomething ensemble show about a girl learning to deal with being the only single person in her group of friends. Gordon and Andrea Shay executive produce. Fifth Wheel joins six other sales for the Mark Gordon Co. this season — dramas with writers Aaron Stockard, Tom Donaghy, Dean Georgaris and Kathryn Price & Nichole Millard at ABC, and comedies at ABC and Fox.
How To Be A Gentleman creator/star David Hornsby is behind an untitled NBC comedy project from Universal TV and studio-based Gary Sanchez. Written by Hornsby, it takes a look at the world of NASA in the 1960s. Hornsby is executive producing with Gary Sanchez’s Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke. WME-repped Hornsby continues to recur on FX/FXX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
UPDATED: FX has found Archer a buddy. The cable network has given a 13-episode order to Unsupervised (working title), a new animated comedy series, created and executive produced by It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia‘s Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby. The show will premiere in January and will be paired with FX’s existing animated comedy Archer. Unsupervised hails from RCG, the production company of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia masterminds Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton. It is the first series to come out of the $40 million deal RCG signed with FX Prods. last month.
Unsupervised is a comedy about optimistic best friends Gary and Joel navigating the harsh landscape of teenage life and trying to do what’s right without any parental guidance whatsoever. Its voice cast includes Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Romany Malco, Kaitlin Olson and Alexa Vega, along with Rosell and Hornsby. “Having worked with David, Rob and Scott for many years on Sunny, it gives us great pleasure to see them make their own stamp on FX,” said FX’s EVP Nick Grad. “Unsupervised is a great addition to our comedy roster and, like all of our comedies, it’s smart and really funny.” Unsupervised is produced by FX Prods, in association with RCG Prods and Floyd County. The series will be animated by Archer executive producers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson. It marks the second series for Hornsby, … Read More »
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It may have generated the single-biggest laugh of TCA to date this afternoon when David Hornsby, the creator, executive producer and star of the new CBS comedy How to Be a Gentleman, was asked his personal idea of the perfect gentleman. The questioner wondered: Was it Pierce Brosnan as James Bond? Perhaps Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird? No. ”Leslie Moonves,” Hornsby replied. The room roared. Moonves himself was unavailable for comment. Hornsby allowed that Cary Grant and George Clooney also might be good choices along with that of the president and CEO of CBS Corp. Series co-star Dave Foley also added his own somewhat surprising choices: Henry Winkler and John Ritter.
An even more irreverent exchange came during the panel when Gentleman castmate and former 24 regular Mary Lynn Rajskub responded to a question about whether she had the sense that her 24 character Chloe would be a part of the planned feature film based on the adrenalin-rich Fox drama. “Yeah, do you?” Rajskub replied. “I hope so. It’ll be either me or Rachel Weisz.” After a few more wisecracks, mostly under her breath, Rajskub asked, “Should I have answered that differently? OK, I’m rewriting the script myself, how about that?”
Here is the second-annual honor roll of the best and brightest at the broadcast upfront. First off, to all who got their pilots picked up to series — congratulations. You’re already winners. This is a list of those who took their upfront success to an extra level:
Whitney Cummings: The undisputed queen of Upfront 2011. She is behind two new comedy series that are among the highest-profile new half-hour entries next fall. She created, stars in and executive produces her eponymous comedy for NBC, which was assigned the network’s best comedy slot, following The Office. She also co-wrote on spec with Michael Patrick King the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, which broke records as CBS’ best-testing pilot (comedy or drama) ever. Both were the first comedy pilots to get a series order at their networks. Cummings, who also has a talk show in contention at E!, will serve as an executive producer on 2 Broke Girls but will be full-time on Whitney, which was in first position. I hope that doesn’t impact 2 Broke Girls, which King is expected to run/co-run, because the pilot indeed looks great. Honorable mention in the category of creators with multiple projects for Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen. One of their two ABC pilots, Work It, was picked up to series, while the other, Smothered, is very much in contention for midseason.
What a comeback for J.J. Abrams! After his high-profile NBC drama Undercovers went bust last fall, some questioned whether the networks will continue to bet on him. But bet they did this upfront, with both pilots he produced, CBS’ Person of Interest and Fox’s Alcatraz, going to series. Person of Interest instantly became one of the most anticipated new fall series when CBS made it its new Thursday 9 PM anchor. The network also said it was its best-testing drama pilot ever. And over at Fox, Alcatraz prevailed over several high-profile pilots to land one of only two drama series spots. Then, as icing on the cake, Abrams’ modestly rated but well-liked Fox sci-fi series Fringe got a renewal for next season, bringing the producer’s series for next season to three. Read More »
Former Friends executive producer Adam Chase has joined CBS’ comedy pilot How To Be A Gentleman, written by and starring It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s David Hornsby. Chase will serve as executive producer/co-showrunner on the pilot alongside Hornsby. If the pilot goes to series, for Chase it would be in second position to ABC’s freshman comedy Better with You, on which Chase serves as a co-executive producer.
Loosely based on John Bridges’ book How To Be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy, the CBS TV Studios-produced show revolves around a magazine that has changed ownership and centers on Alan (Hornsby) who writes a column on how to be a gentleman – in all aspects of life. Also executive producing the pilot with Hornsby and Chase are Ted Schachter and MRC.
On Better with You, Chase, repped by WME and Mosaic, reunited with fellow Friends exec producers Shana Goldberg-Meehan and Greg Malins. Goldberg-Meehan created the comedy and is exec producing/co-showrunning it with Malins.
Emily Rutherfurd is set to co-star in Tucker Cawley’s comedy pilot for CBS The Assistants, a young ensemble about four assistants who work for celebrity couple Mike and Ali. Rutherfurd will play Ali’s friendly, a bit manic and socially awkward sister who has lived her life in her famous sister’s wake and now works for her as house manager, keeping tabs on everything, including the assistants.
Flight of the Conchords alum Rhys Darby has been cast in CBS’ comedy pilot How To Be A Gentleman, written by and starring David Hornsby. It revolves around a magazine that has changed ownership and centers on Alan (Hornsby) who writes a column on how to be a gentleman – in all aspects of life. Darby will play Alan’s brother in law. Darby, who played the band’s manager on Conchords, co-starred in Pirate Radio and Yes Man. The actor-comedian, repped by CAA and Principato-Young, also tours internationally.
EXCLUSIVE: Spec scripts continue to be red-hot this January. CBS just snatched one from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia writer/co-executive producer/recurring guest star David Hornsby, which has been greenlighted to pilot. Hornsby wrote the project, How To Be a Gentleman, and is attached to star. Loosely based on John Bridges’ book How To Be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy, the show is described as a buddy comedy about an uptight guy learning to live his life with the help of his old high school classmate. Hornsby will play one of the two leads in the project, whose format (multi- vs. single-camera) is yet to be determined. Read More »