ABC is finalizing a deal to buy a comedy based on the book Home Game: An Accidental Guide To Fatherhood by Moneyball author Michael Lewis, which hails from The Closer executive producers Greer Shephard & Michael Robin and writer Rob Sheridan. This is one of 2 sales for Canadian writer-producer Rob Sheridan in his first stab at development in the U.S. this year. He has another comedy in the works at ABC, from ABC Studios and Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s Coquette Prods., about a formerly overweight young woman coming to grips with her new body while managing a restaurant that specializes in calorie-rich food.
Home Game, which was adapted from a series of Slate essays, chronicles Lewis’ triumphs, failures, frustration and exhilaration of being a new father during the first year of each of his three children’s lives. Warner Bros. TV is producing with studio-based Shephard/Robin Co., which is also behind the upcoming A&E drama series Longmire. Sheridan, repped by WME and Canada’s Meridian Artists, has worked on such Canadian comedy series as Little Mosque On The Prairie and 18 To Life. He made his U.S. TV debut as a co-executive producer on CBS’ Mad Love last season.
David Walton has been tapped as the male lead opposite Amanda Peet in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Bent. The project, from writer-exec producer Tad Quill, is a romantic comedy about a recently divorced Type A single mother (Peet) who tries hard not to fall for the sexy surfer dude contractor (Walton) she’s hired to re-do her kitchen. For Walton, the casting is in second position to softly-rated midseason comedy Perfect Couples which shares the same network, NBC, and studio, UMS, as Bent. He is the second Perfect Couples star to book a pilot in second position, following Kyle Bornheimer’s casting in Fox’s comedy The Council of Dads. This is the third consecutive comedy pilot at NBC for Walton, repped by Gersh and Crestview, after 2009′s 100 Questions and 2010′s Perfect Couples.
Party Down alum Ken Marino is set to co-star opposite Rob Riggle in CBS’ comedy pilot Home Game. Loosely based on the experiences of former NFL star Mark Schlereth, it tells the story of Mark (Rob Riggle) as he retires and returns home to his wife Lisa (Constance Zimmer) and daughters to embark on the next chapter of his life. Marino will play Mark’s brother. Marino co-stars on the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. He is currently in post-production on the Universals feature Wanderlust, which he co-wrote and executive produces with director David Wain. Marino, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Home Game has won the Rob Riggle sweepstakes. Riggle is set to star in the CBS multicamera comedy, from Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson’s Leverage. The project, loosely based on the experiences of former NFL star Mark Schlereth, centers on Mark (Riggle), a retired NFL player who returns home to his wife Lisa (Constance Zimmer) and daughters.
Finding a starring vehicle for the former Daily Show correspondent has been a big priority for CBS, which in the fall inked a third consecutive talent deal with him. Riggle was initially attached to a comedy from Saturday Night veteran Robert Smigel. When that project didn’t go to pilot, the network sent him 3 other scripts, including Home Game. With his background as a Marine where he was often deployed and his current profession as an actor where he goes away for filming and touring, Riggle immediately connected with the character in Home Game who is back with his family after years of playing with the pros. Also key for Riggle’s decision to go with Home Game was his relationship with Wahlberg. The two had worked together in the movie The Other Guys and Wahlberg reached out to Riggle who had been the producers’ first and only choice for the role.
Home Game, from CBS TV Studios, was written by Warren Bell and Chris Nowak. Bell, Wahlberg and Levinson executive produce along with Riggle’s managers Peter Principato and Paul Young, with … Read More »
UPDATED: Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) has joined ABC’s Charlie’s Angels reboot as Charlie’s liaison Bosley.The new Charlie’s Angeles, from Sony TV, Flower Films and Millar/Gough Ink, stars Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh as the trio of sexy sleuths. Rodriguez’s Bosley is described as a charming and funny guy with GQ looks and Peter Pan smile who has great hacking skills and technical knowledge and is a rock of support for the Angels and the good-natured brunt of many jokes. The character of Bosley was played by David Doyle in the original series and then Bill Murray and Bernie Mac in the two features, respectively. Rodriguez’s series credits include The Wire and Day Break. He is with UTA and the Collective.
Constance Zimmer (Entourage) is reuniting with Entourage executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson as the female lead in the Wahlberg and Levinson-produced CBS comedy pilot Home Game. The pilot, from CBS TV Studios and writers Warren Bell and Chris Nowak, is inspired by the experiences of former NFL star Mark Schlereth and centers on Mark, a retired NFL player who returns home to his wife Lisa (Zimmer) and daughters. Lisa is an attractive dynamo who has been raising their three daughters while her husband has been playing in the pros. Zimmer, repped by UTA and Sweeney Management, will star in Roger Kumble’s upcoming play Girl Talk… Read More »