Comedy writer Hilary Winston has signed a new two-year, seven-figure overall deal at Sony Pictures TV. This is Winston’s fourth consecutive overall pact at Sony TV, bringing her tenure at the studio to eight years. Winston is the writer/executive producer/showrunner of CBS/Sony TV’s midseason comedy series Bad Teacher, based on the feature, which debuts April 24. During her stint at Sony TV, Winston also served as a co-executive producer on the studio’s comedy series Community and Happy Endings and sold several projects, two of which went to pilot, Bad Teacher at CBS and Happy Valley at NBC. Winston, repped by UTA, Mosaic and attorney Jared Levine, segued to Sony after getting her break on NBC/20th TV’s My Name Is Earl, which she joined right after the pilot and stayed on for the comedy’s entire four-season run. She also is a contributing editor for Playboy Magazine.
Bad Teacher, a single-camera comedy series adaptation of the hit 2011 movie, was written by Winston (Happy Endings, Community) and produced by the film’s writers-producers Stupnitsky and Eisenberg. The TV adaptation, about a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next husband, is being produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Winston is under a deal, Mosaic and Stupnitsky and Eisenberg’s Quantity Entertainment. Winston, Stupnitsky and Eisenberg executive produce, with Winston set to showrun. Bad Teacher‘s pickup increases single-camera comedies’ advantage at CBS to 5 pilots vs. 3 multi-camera ones as the network appears determined to launch multiple single-camera comedies next season. This marks the second pilot for Winston, repped by UTA and Mosaic, who also has comedy Girls On Film at NBC. It has been a great season for ABC Studios-based Eisenberg and Stupnitsky. The duo, repped by WME and Mosaic, has three broadcast pilots, Bad Teacher and Pulling and Trophy Wife at ABC. They also have new series Hello Ladies at HBO.
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy writer Hilary Winston has signed a new two-year overall deal at Sony Pictures TV. This is Winston’s third consecutive overall pact at Sony TV where she has been based for the past four years, working as a co-executive producer on the studio’s comedy series Community and Happy Endings. This development season Winston has a half-hour pilot, Happy Valley, aka untitled Hilary Winston project, in contention at NBC.
Winston segued to Sony after getting her break on NBC/20th TV’s My Name Is Earl, which she joined right after the pilot and stayed on for the comedy’s entire four-season run. On the feature side, Winston is adapting her book My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me, which is coming out in paperback in May, for Paramount, with Lorne Michaels producing. Winston is with UTA and attorney Jared Levine.
Freddie Prinze Jr. has joined the cast of NBC’s untitled Hilary Winston comedy pilot. The single-camera project centers on Agnes (Sarah Wright), a shy, focused woman who, after being dumped by her fiance Noah (Prinze), leans on her co-workers at Pharmville to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge. Noah also works at Pharmville, but he’s worked his way up from “lab rat” to corporate. Engaged to Agnes for two years, and romantically involved for four, he has decided to break up with her because his new job has suddenly given him the chance to be new Noah, and new Noah is about easy laughs and good times. He’s ready to come out of his nerd shell, and part of that shell is Agnes. In addition to Wright, Prinze also joins previously cast Mena Suvari, Kyle Howard, Aubrey Dollar and Joanna Kerns. He is with ICM and Brillstein Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: American Beauty‘s Mena Suvari and My Boys alum Kyle Howard are set to co-star in NBC’s untitled Hilary Winston single-camera pilot, from Sony TV and Fanfare. It centers on Agnes, a shy, focused woman who, after being dumped by her fiance, leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge. Suvari will play one of the chemists on Agnes’ team who is a hard partyer and unabashedly promiscuous. Howard will play another chemist on the team, a former high school football player. The project reunites Howard with Sony TV and Fanfare, which produced TBS’ My Boys. He recently recurred on Royal Pains. Suvari will next be seen reprising her American Pie role in American Reunion.
Michael Raymond-James (True Blood) has landed a lead role in NBC’s drama pilot Midnight Sun. The thriller, based on an Israeli format, follows the mysterious disappearance of Midnight Sun, a group living on a cult-like commune in Dugan, Alaska, and a female FBI cult specialist leading the investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy. Raymond-James, repped by Talentworks and Sanders.Armstrong.Caserta., will play the second-in-command of the Dugan Police Department, an Alaskan lawman.
Daytime Emmy-winning General Hospital actor Jonathan Jackson has been cast in ABC’s musically-driven drama pilot Nashville written by Callie Khouri and directed by RJ Cutler. The ABC Studios-produced pilot …
Feature director Adam Shankman has been tapped to direct NBC’s untitled Hilary Winston single-camera pilot, from Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare. It centers on a shy, focused woman who, after being dumped by her fiance, leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge. Shankman, currently in post-production on Rock Of Ages, recently directed episodes of Glee and Modern Family.
In other pilot director signings, Michael Patrick Jann (Reno 911!) has been hired to helm Fox’s comedy pilot El Jefe (aka The Boss), also from Sony TV. Created by Moses Port & David Guarascio, it is about an upper-middle class 30-year-old guy who finally gets booted out of his dad and step-mom’s house and moves in with his cleaning woman’s family since he had nowhere else to go.