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Greg Malins, Jamie Tarses And Keshet’s Adaption Of Hit Israeli Family Comedy Gets TBS Pilot Order

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 12:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

malinsTBS has given a pilot order to Your Family Or Mine, a multi-camera comedy from veteran comedy showrunner Greg Malins, Sony Pictures TV and Jamie Tarses’ studio-based Fanfare. The project, originally set up at ABC during the 2012-13 development season as a single-cam, is based on hit Israeli comedy series Your Family Or Mine? from leading Israeli broadcaster Keshet. Written by Friends and How I Met Your Mother alum Malins, the adaptation centers on Oliver and Kelli who are living proof of the adage “When you marry someone, you don’t just marry them, you marry their whole family.” It is a family comedy with an unusual structure — each episode focuses on a different side of the family: one week featuring the couple dealing with Kelli’s family, the tbs__130104185937next spent with Oliver’s. Your Family Or Mine?, created by Rubi Duanias, Yaniv Polishuk and produced by Teddy Prods., aired 50 episodes and ranked as the No.1 comedy in Israel. (Watch an English-language trailer below). Malins is executive producing with Tarses, Duanias & Polishuk, Keshet’s Avi Nir & Ran Telem and Teddy’s Tamira Yardeni. Fanfare/Sony and Malins, who has an overall deal at Sony, already are in business with TBS with comedy series Men at Work and Ground Floor, respectively. Tarses’ Fanfare also has two broadcast comedy pilots, Marry Me and Cuz-Bros.

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TBS’ ‘Ground Floor’ Logs Lackluster 1.6 Million Viewers In Debut

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 12:13pm PST

TBS‘ new original comedy series Ground Floor premiered Thursday night with 1.6 million viewers, including 918,000 adults 18-49. This is an unspectacular ratings start for the workplace romantic comedy, given its auspices. Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence wrote the sitcom with former Friends and How I Met Your Mother executive producer Greg Malins, and comedy veteran Jeff Astrof (Grounded For Life) was tapped as exec producer/showrunner after its 10-episode pickup; Jeff Ingold is among its exec producers. The series stars Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Briga Heelan (Cougar Town) and John C. McGinley (Scrubs).

For comparison sake, January’s premiere of Cougar Town on TBS was considered decent, if unspectacular, at 2.2 million viewers, with more than 1.3 million adults 18-49 and 613,000 adults 18-34 in Live+Same Day. That was on par or slightly lower than TBS’ recent comedy premieres for Men At Work (2.65 million total viewers, 1.63 million adults 18-49, 851,000 adults 18-34) and Sullivan & Son (2.5 million total viewers, 1.3 million 18-49s, 612,000 18-34s). Read More »

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Fox Buys Parents Comedy From Greg Malins & Marcus Wiley

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 6:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Friends and How I Met Your Mother alum Greg Malins has teamed with former Fox co-head of comedy Marcus Wiley for Odd Couple Families, a half-hour project that has sold to Fox with penalty. The comedy — produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Malins is under an overall deal — landed at Fox as part of Wiley’s first-look development deal at the network where he was an executive for more than five years until departing in July to segue to producing. Written and exec produced by Malins, Odd Couple Families explores the reality of people spending the most time with the parents of their kids’ friends whether they like it or not. It revolves around two couples and two divorced parents who are forced together, inextricably linked by the connection created by their kids. This marks the most significant sale thus far for Wiley’s new production company, which has set up several broadcast comedy and drama projects. It represents Malins’ third sale this season, joining comedies The Worst Best Thing at Fox and Half at NBC. He is is repped by WME and Hansen, Jacobson. While at Fox, Wiley was instrumental in the development of New Girl, The Mindy Project, Raising Hope, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Bob’s Burgers. Read More »

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Fox Buys Couples Comedy Executive Produced By Greg Malins & Seth Gordon

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 3:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

An ensemble single-camera comedy pitch by up-and-coming writer Barry Schwartz, Sony TV and studio-based producers Greg Malins and Seth Gordon has sold to Fox. Written by Schwartz with Malins supervising/showrunning, The Worst Best Thing is described as an edgy, docu-style comedy about three couples — two with new babies and one who’s expecting — who have known each other since grade school and are very angry at all the people who lied to them about how “wonderful and beautiful” having babies is. It is almost never those things. But the few amazing moments that are make up for almost all of it. Malins is executive producing with Gordon through his Exhibit A where the project was shepherded by head of development Mary Rohlich. This marks WME-repped Malins’ second sale this season, along with comedy Half at NBC. Gordon, repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and Sloane, Offer, recently sold Marry Me with David Caspe to NBC and directed the pilot for Sony TV’s upcoming ABC comedy series The Goldbergs. In features, Schwartz, repped by WME, the Gotham Group and McKuin, Frankel, recently sold Bromance to Montecito and DreamWorks and Parents Weekend to Kopelson Entertainment. He is currently rebooting Last American Virgin for Millennium.

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Son & Father Writers Team With Greg Malins For NBC Comedy Helped By Crowdfunding

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 7:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In a competitive situation, Half, a half-hour single-camera comedy from 22-year-old actor-writer Matt Angel, has been bought by NBC with Sony TV producing. Veteran Greg Malins (Friends) is set as showrunner, and Matt’s dad Dan Angel (TNT’s Door To Door) is attached to exec produce. Based on a true story, Half centers on the journey of Riley Young, a quirky 13-year-old conceived through artificial insemination, who convinces her dysfunctional family into embarking on a search for all of her half siblings.
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Workplace Comedy From Bill Lawrence & Greg Malins Nears Pilot Order At TBS

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 2:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

I’ve learned that TBS is finalizing a deal for a pilot order to Ground Floor, a multi-camera comedy written by Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Lawrence and former Friends and How I Met Your Mother executive producer Malins. Gail Mancuso has come on board to direct the pilot, to be produced by Warner Horizon Television and Lawrence’s Warner Bros.-based Doozer. The project was originally developed for broadcast last season and landed a pilot production commitment at CBS but did not get made. Set in the modern world of corporate America, Ground Floor centers on a 29-year-old successful alpha male who crosses paths with his company’s support staff, a tight-knit group of truly happy and care-free people. He quickly realizes he’s not nearly as happy as he thought he was. Read More »

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CBS Orders 3 Comedy Pilots, Including Greg Malins Project Starring Patrick Warburton

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS just made what are expected to be the final comedy pilot pickups this season, greenlighting three projects. Two of them are multi-camera – one from Friends alum Greg Malins toplined by Rules Of Engagement star Patrick Warburton, which will likely get Rules fans alarmed; and one from former Scrubs executive producer Tad Quill originally developed three seasons ago. The third order went to a single-camera adaptation of an Israeli format by Smash co-executive producers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky. Overall, CBS has ordered 12 comedy pilots this season – six multi-camera and six single-camera.

Malins’ script, titled Jacked Up, clinched the pickup after Warburton recently signed on to play the lead and the project, originally developed by Sony TV, became a co-production with CBS TV Studios. Rules co-producer Happy Madison also has come on board. Warburton’s casting is certain to raise questions about the future of Rules Of Engagement, which has managed to make it to seven seasons after spending most of its run on the bubble. An ultimate utility player, Rules delivered another solid showing in its seventh season premiere on Monday. But, even if CBS is willing to bring the veteran back for another cycle, I hear the cast deals are up this season, making extending the series difficult for producer Sony TV. However, as RulesRead More »

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Greg Malins, Jamie Tarses And Keshet To Adapt Hit Israeli Family Comedy For ABC

By | Tuesday October 30, 2012 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In a competitive situation, ABC has landed Tribes, a single-camera comedy from veteran comedy showrunner Greg Malins, Sony Pictures TV and Jamie Tarses’ studio-based Fanfare. Tribes, which has received a script commitment plus penalty, is based on hit Israeli comedy series Your Family Or Mine? from Keshet, the leading Israeli media company whose Prisoners Of War format was adapted into Showtime’s Emmy-winning drama Homeland.

Written by Friends and How I Met Your Mother alum Malins, Tribes centers on Oliver and Kelli who are living proof of the adage “When you marry someone, you don’t just marry them, you marry their whole family.” It is a family comedy with an unusual structure — each episode focuses on a different side of the family: one week featuring the couple dealing with Kelli’s family, the next spent with Oliver’s. Your Family Or Mine?, created by Rubi Duanias, Yaniv Polishuk and produced by Teddy Prods., aired 50 episodes and ranked as the No.1 comedy in Israel. (Watch an English-language trailer below). Malins is executive producing the ABC version with Tarses, Duanias & Polishuk, Keshet’s Avi Nir & Ran Telem and Teddy’s Tamira Yardeni. For WME-repped Malins, the project stems from the overall deal with Sony TV he signed in June.

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Greg Malins Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV

By | Friday June 1, 2012 @ 8:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, veteran comedy showrunner Greg Malins has signed a rich overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. I hear the two-year pact does not call for Malins to join an existing series, focusing instead on development. Former Friends executive producer Malins spent the last two years under an overall deal at Warner Bros TV, the studio that produced Friends. He most recently co-created and executive produced with Greg Berlanti an untitled comedy pilot for CBS which was in serious contention but missed the cut. He also served as a consulting producer on WBTV’s breakout CBS comedy series 2 Broke Girls. Before that, he was executive producer/co-showrunner on WBTV’s comedy series Better With You. Before his recent stint at WBTV, WME-repped Malins was at 20th Century Fox TV, where he was an executive producer on the studio’s CBS series How I Met Your Mother and, alongside creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, helped guide the comedy’s steady rise.

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‘Bent’s David Walton To Star In CBS’ Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti Comedy Pilot

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 10:57am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Bent star David Walton has been tapped as the male lead opposite JoAnna Garcia in CBS’ untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti multi-camera comedy pilot. He replaces Bryan Greenberg, who was originally cast in the role but exited after yesterday’s table read. Walton is formally billed as a guest star on the CBS pilot as the project is in second position to NBC’s softly-rated Bent, which completed its short midseason run last night and doesn’t appear likely to come back. Gersh-repped Walton has been in demand for the past few pilot seasons. Last year, he booked the male lead opposite Amanda Peet in Bent in second position to another midseason NBC comedy series, Perfect Couples. The Malins/Berlanti project, also known as Oh F**k It’s You, centers on Nick (Walton), a notorious womanizer who, after surviving a health scare, realizes that “The One” he has never found is actually his best friend of 15 years, Wendy (Garcia). The problem is that Wendy is engaged to a guy Nick likes; she and Nick own a business together; and their attempt at dating back in college was a disaster.

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Bryan Greenberg Exits CBS’ Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti Comedy Pilot

By | Wednesday April 4, 2012 @ 3:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Bryan Greenberg is leaving CBS’ untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti multi-camera comedy pilot, in which he was to play the male lead opposite JoAnna Garcia. The decision was made after the project’s table read this morning. I hear it has to do with the heightened tone and dynamic of a multi-camera show and Greenberg, who is coming off a darker, single-camera half-hour, HBO’s single-camera comedy How To Make It In America, not quite fitting in. The role of Nick, which Greenberg was cast in, is now being recast. The Warner Bros./Berlanti Prods. project, also known as Oh F**k It’s You, centers on Nick, a notorious womanizer who, after surviving a health scare, realizes that “The One” he has never found is actually his best friend of 15 years, Wendy (Garcia). The problem is that Wendy is engaged to a guy Nick likes; she and Nick own a business together; and their attempt at dating back in college was a disaster. Greenberg was one of the sought-after actors this season with two broadcast pilots vying for him.

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Bryan Greenberg Cast As The Lead In CBS’ Greg Berlanti/Greg Malins Comedy Pilot

By | Friday February 24, 2012 @ 6:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: How To Make It In America star Bryan Greenberg is returning to broadcast TV as the lead opposite JoAnna Garcia in CBS’ untitled comedy pilot from Greg Berlanti and Greg Malins. The Warner Bros./Berlanti Prods. project, also known as Oh F**k It’s You, centers on Nick (Greenberg), a notorious womanizer who, after surviving a health scare, realizes that “The One” he has never found is actually his best friend of 15 years, Wendy (Garcia). The problem is that Wendy is engaged to a guy Nick likes; she and Nick own a business together; and their attempt at dating back in college was a disaster. Also cast in the pilot is Groundlings performer Ryan Gaul, repped by Gersh and the Safran Co., as Wendy’s kind and unassuming fiance. The two join recently cast Greg Grunberg. Greenberg, repped by Gersh and Ellen Meyer Management, had two comedy pilots vying for him, ultimately choosing the CBS one. Before toplining the HBO comedy How To Make It In America, he starred on ABC drama October Road and also had a role on One Tree Hill.

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Greg Grunberg To Co-Star In CBS’ Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti Comedy Pilot

By | Wednesday February 22, 2012 @ 5:14pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: It’s The Greg Show! Heroes alum Greg Grunberg has been cast in CBS’ untitled comedy pilot from Greg Berlanti and Greg Malins. The Warner Bros./Berlanti Prods. project, also known as Oh Fuck It’s You, centers on Nick, a notorious womanizer who, after surviving a health scare, realizes that “The One” he has never found is actually his best friend of 15 years, Wendy (JoAnna Garcia). The problem is that Wendy is engaged to a guy Nick likes; she and Nick own a business together; and their attempt at dating back in college was a disaster. Grunberg will play Wendy’s brother Charlie, beaten down by life, outrageously acerbic and in the midst of a bitter divorce. He went to college with both Wendy and Nick and is Nick’s best guy friend. He was there when they dated, knows what a horrible couple they were, and warns Nick about the dangers his confession could bring. The casting stems fro the talent holding deal Grunberg signed with Warner Bros. TV in October. This marks a rare venturing into half-hour comedy for Grunberg, repped by ICM and Mosaic, who got his break on the WB’s Felicity. His only regular comedy series gig to date was on the 2002 sitcom The Jake Effect. 

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JoAnna Garcia Swisher To Star In CBS’ Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti Comedy Pilot

By | Friday February 3, 2012 @ 6:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Better With You star JoAnna Garcia Swisher is set as the female lead in CBS’ untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti comedy pilot, reuniting with Better With You executive producer/co-showrunner Malins. The multi-camera project, from Warner Bros. TV and studio-based Berlanti Prods., centers on Nick who has a health scare and realizes that Wendy (Garcia Swisher), his best friend and business partner of 15 years, is ‘the one’. Now he has to figure out how to break it to her. Malins and Berlanti wrote the script and executive produce. This marks the third consecutive WBTV pilot for Garcia Swisher following Privileged and Better With You, both of which went to series. She also did an arc on the studio’s CW drama Gossip Girl. It also marks the latest multi-camera comedy for Garcia who started off on the WB’s Reba. Earlier this season, Garcia was attached to a Warner Bros. TV multi-camera comedy project written by Better With You creator/exec producer Shana Goldberg-Meehan. The family comedy sparked a bidding war before landing at ABC with a production commitment but ultimately didn’t go to pilot, making WME-repped Garcia Swisher available. She immediately received multiple offers, choosing the Malins/Berlanti pilot.

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Greg Malins-Greg Berlanti Comedy Lands At CBS With Put Pilot Commitment

By | Friday September 23, 2011 @ 1:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: With the network buying season winding down, heavyweights Greg Malins and Greg Berlanti scored a put pilot commitment at CBS for a half-hour project the two will co-write and executive produce. The multi-camera comedy hails from Warner Bros TV, where Malins and Berlanti are based. It centers on notorious womanizer Nick who, after surviving a health scare, realizes that “The One” he has never found is actually his best friend of 15 years, Wendy. Problem is Wendy is engaged to a guy Nick likes, she and Nick own a business together and their attempt at dating back in college was a disaster.

It marks the second sale to CBS this season for both Malins and Berlanti. Former Friends and How I Met Your Mother executive producer Malins is co-writing/executive producing with Bill Lawrence a multi-camera workplace comedy that recently landed a pilot production commitment from the Eye network. And Everwood creator Berlanti is executive producing a Nick Wootton-penned cop drama, which has a put pilot commitment at CBS. Read More »

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CBS Nabs Bill Lawrence And Greg Malins Comedy With Pilot Production Commitment

By | Wednesday August 31, 2011 @ 6:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In its first major comedy buy this season, CBS has handed out a pilot production commitment to a multi-camera comedy from Bill Lawrence and Greg Malins. With its great pedigree, coming from Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Lawrence and former Friends and How I Met Your Mother executive producer Malins, the project became an instant hot commodity when it hit the market but I hear it went straight to CBS, which bought it on the spot. Lawrence and Malins will write together the untitled workplace comedy. (The two are keeping plot details under wraps.) Warner Bros. TV, where Lawrence and Malins are under overall deals, is producing with Lawrence’s Doozer production banner. Malins, Lawrence and Doozer president, former NBC head of comedy Jeff Ingold, are executive producing. Malins is slated to serve as showrunner. (Lawrence is running Cougar Town for one more season.) This marks the first sale for Lawrence since he moved from longtime home ABC Studios to WBTV in June with a rich, long-term deal. It also marks his return to the multi-camera genre where he co-created with Gary David Goldberg ABC’s hit Spin City before moving on to create the single-camera Scrubs and co-create with Kevin Biegel another single-camera comedy, ABC’s Cougar Town. Malins has been sought after for development this season. In addition to the comedy with Bill Lawrence, he is … Read More »

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