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CBS Buys Family Comedy From Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Scott Silveri & David Mandel With Pilot Production Commitment

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 10:27pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Alums of NBC’s biggest 1990s comedy series, Shana Goldberg-Meehan and Scott Silveri of Friends and David Mandel of Seinfeld, have teamed for a new multi-camera comedy at CBS. The network has handed a pilot production commitment to the untitled project, directed by veteran multi-camera helmer Andy Ackerman. Written/exec produced by Goldberg-Meehan, Silveri and Mandel, the family comedy centers on a couple with adult children. Warner Bros. TV, which produced Friends, is producing with Goldberg-Meehan and Silveri’s Silver and Gold Prods and Mandel’s Woltz International Pictures. This marks the first collaboration of husband-and-wife duo Goldberg-Meehan and Silveri since they created the Friends spinoff Joey. Over the past decade, the two had worked on separate projects, including creating series Perfect Couples and Go On (Silveri) and Better With You (Goldberg-Meehan). Mandel is a frequent collaborator with Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, working as an exec producer on his HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm and film Clear History. This marks the second production commitment for a comedy at CBS this season, along with Kan Cannon and Jason Winer’s single-camera half-hour The Runt.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Gets Into ‘Dictator’ Mode

Mike Fleming

Paramount Pictures has released an early image of Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator, the comedy in which he plays the dual roles of a ruthless dictator who heads to the U.S. for a meeting at the United Nations and finds that his number two has replaced him with an unsuspecting sheepherder lookalike. As the dictator wanders the city, he meets the owner of an organic food store (Anna Faris) who gives him a different perspective on the idea of oppression. Baron Cohen’s Borat and Bruno director Larry Charles is helming, and Paramount has set a May 11, 2012 worldwide release date. Scripted by former Seinfeld scribes Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel, The Dictator is being produced by Scott Rudin, Baron Cohen and the scribes.

I saw a report that claimed Baron Cohen was playing Saddam Hussein, a bit of confusion because the filmmakers have said the film was inspired by Zabibh and The King, which was written by the late Iraqi strongman. But that’s a misnomer and I think Baron Cohen’s hairstyle is more Seinfeld’s Kramer than Hussein.

 

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Anna Faris In Talks To Star With Sacha Baron Cohen In ‘The Dictator’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anna Faris has been offered and is in negotiations for the female lead in The Dictator, the Paramount Pictures comedy that has Sacha Baron Cohen starring in dual roles. Baron Cohen’s Borat and Bruno director Larry Charles is helming, and Paramount has set a May 11, 2012 worldwide release date. Scripted by former Seinfeld scribes Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel, The Dictator is being produced by Scott Rudin, Baron Cohen and the scribes.

Baron Cohen plays a ruthless dictator who heads to the U.S. for a meeting at the United Nations and finds that his number two has replaced him with an unsuspecting sheepherder lookalike. As the dictator wanders the city, he meets the owner of an organic food store. That’s the role Faris is negotiating. She turns around his dictatorial thinking, and there’s a little romance in it as well. Faris just sold a stalker pitch starring vehicle to Paramount, and she just wrapped the New Regency comedy What’s Your Number. She’s repped by Gersh and Anonymous Content’s Doug Wald. As for an official logline, Paramount released this one recently: “The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel, Zabibah and The King, by Saddam Hussein.”

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