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It’s Official: Jim Belushi/Diane English Multicamera Comedy Goes To ABC

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 2:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jim Belushi Teams With ‘Murphy Brown’ Creator For New Comedy Series Project

ABC has closed a deal for a comedy project from Murphy Brown creator Diane English starring Jim Belushi. The project, titled  You Won’t Even Know I’m Here, has received a put pilot commitment from the network. ABC Studios and studio-based Brillstein Entertainment Partners are producing. The multi-camera comedy, written by English, stars Belushi as a co-dependent father whose relationship with his teenage daughter is turned upside down when they are put together in a unique situation. English and Belushi are executive producing with Brillstein Entertainment. The project drew multiple studio bids when it hit the market last month, ultimately landing at ABC Studios/Brillstein, the companies that also produced Belushi’s long-running ABC sitcom According to Jim. ABC, which has new comedy Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen launching next week, continues to load up on comedy projects fronted by veteran comedy stars this development season. The network last week gave a put pilot commitment to Malibu Country, starring Reba McEntire, and also has a pilot starring Kristie Alley in the hopper.

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Jim Belushi Teams With ‘Murphy Brown’ Creator For New Comedy Series Project

By | Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 10:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After taking a stab at light drama with CBS’ The Defenders, former According to Jim star Jim Belushi is returning to comedy with a new half-hour project from Murphy Brown creator Diane English. The pairing of Belushi and English, who will co-write the story together, sparked bidding among studios before ultimately landing at ABC Studios, which also produced According to Jim. The deals are still being finalized, but ABC Studios is expected to re-team with According to Jim co-producer Brillstein Entertainment Partners on the show, about a single father with a teen offspring. Belushi’s and English’s companies will also produce, with the two executive produing alongside Brillstein Entertainment. With ABC Studios as the studio, it is considered likely that the comedy will end up at ABC, the network where According to Jim ran for eight seasons, but that is not a given as the project is expected to be taken out to other networks. Belushi is the latest sitcom star to be eying a return to primetime. Tim Allen is headlining a new series for ABC this fall, Kirstie Alley is set to star in an ABC comedy pilot, and Roseanne Barr is developing a new starring vehicle for herself at 20th Century Fox TV. Belushi and English are with ICM.

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