Pitch Perfect helmer Jason Moore will direct ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Pulling, based on the praised 2006 British series. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky wrote the adaptation, produced by ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment. Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly, creators of the original series, executive produce with Eisenberg, Stupnitsky and Kaplan. Pulling revolves around three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. This is Moore’s second ABC/ABC Studios comedy pilot this season — he also directed Trophy Wife starring Malin Akerman. On the feature side, Moore is next set to direct the new Tina Fey comedy The Nest for Universal, following the success of his feature directorial debut with Pitch Perfect, which cost $17 million and went on to gross more than $108 million worldwide.
EXCLUSIVE: This is a story that would inspire all the hard-working, underpaid assistants in Hollywood. Five months ago, one of them started a Hollywood Assistants Tumblr blog where assistants share their grievances, illustrating them with snippets from movies and TV shows. Now she has sold a TV comedy to CBS inspired by the blog, which has Fred Savage attached to direct and executive produce. The blog’s creator had vowed to remain anonymous until she sold a TV project, so we can now reveal her identity — Lauren Bachelis. Bachelis will write and serve as supervising producer on the project, titled 20-Nothings, which revolves around five over-educated 20-nothings living in Los Angeles who do whatever it takes to achieve their Hollywood dreams. CBS Studios, where Savage is under an overall deal, will produce.
Bachelis launched the Hollywood Assistants blog in May, while working as an assistant at CAA where she spent nearly a year before landing a job as assistant to New Girl creator/executive producer Liz Meriweather. Bachelis worked on the show for a couple of months, leaving on Aug. 3. The following week, she landed a blind script deal at CBS Studios, which led to 20-Nothings. Bachelis, who is now repped by CAA and Mosaic, started off doing internships on NBC’s Heroes for NBC and at PR firm Rogers & Cowan and served as a production assistant on …
EXCLUSIVE: Mike Wolfe, the creator and star of History’s hit docu-reality series American Pickers, is venturing into scripted programming with a multi-camera comedy at CBS. The untitled project, from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Tannenbaum Co., is a workplace comedy set in an antiques and collectibles shop. It is based on Wolfe’s experiences starting off as a picker in his 20s, crisscrossing the country in search for valuable antiques and collectables. Tom Brady is set to write the script, with Fred Savage on board to direct the potential pilot. Wolfe, Brady, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum executive produce. “The story is based on my life as a picker, sure, but its appeal is that it’s really about everybody who ever looked for a treasure at a yard sale, bought a lottery ticket, rented a metal detector for a day at the beach or just found a curious old thing and wondered where it came from and if it was worth anything,” Wolfe said. “That’s just about everybody I know.”
American Pickers was a breakout hit for History when it premiered in 2010, becoming the year’s top new cable unscripted series. Wolfe, Brady and the Tannenbaums are with CAA.