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Jim Gaffigan Eyes Move To TV Land, ‘Clementine’, ‘The Pro’, ‘Cabot College’, ‘Sober Companion’ & Jerrod Carmichael: What Broadcast Pilots Are Still Alive

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 4:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jim Gaffigan Eyes Move To TV Land, ‘Clementine’, ‘The Pro’, ‘Cabot College’, ‘Sober Companion’ & Jerrod Carmichael: What Broadcast Pilots Are Still AliveTwo months after the upfronts, where the broadcast networks introduced the pilots they had chosen to join their 2014-2015 schedule, there is still hope for a handful that didn’t make the cut. Sony TV, which already successfully rescued its cancelled NBC comedy series Community with a deal at Yahoo, has been in conversations with TV Land for its Jim Gaffigan single-camera comedy pilot. The family comedy, inspired by Gaffigan’s real life, went through two incarnations at CBS with pilot orders in 2013 and 2014. TV Land had been interested, and conversations have been going on for the past month or so. I hear TV Land is well down the road of trying to make the show work there. I hear the cable network is currently looking to reduce the actors’ compensation to get the budget — which already has been adjusted down — feasible. If the project goes at TV Land, I hear Sony would likely have a passive role and Peter Tolan, who co-wrote and executive produced the CBS pilot, would probably consult.

Image (1) SarahSnook__130301010950-200x250__140207153849.jpg for post 679000ABC Studios extended the options on the cast of ABC drama pilot Clementine a month ago. I hear the studio and ABC are exploring the possibility to do Clementine as a summer series. The action project co-produced by The Mark Gordon Co centers on habitual criminal with supernatural abilities Clementine Ross (Sarah Snook), who digs into the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots.

Rob LoweThree comedy pilots, all from outside studios, are awaiting for the new regime at Fox to weigh in: The Pro, from ABC Studios, Cabot College, from Universal TV, and Sober Companion from CBS TV Studios. Previous Fox chairman Kevin Reilly had expressed interest in Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle’s workplace single-camera pilot The Pro, which was set up at NBC last season. I hear the studio has extended the options on stars Lowe and Riggle as it awaits word. Matt Hubbard’s Cabot College, executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, had been in talks with Fox for a possible six-episode order, which were put on hold when Reilly stepped down. Cabot College was one of two Fox comedy pilots from this past cycle that were considered frontrunners. The other, Sober Companion, starred Justin Long and Nick Frost. Despite not getting a series order in May, the network was interested enough, with Reilly commissioning a second script. The project now too awaits review from Dana Walden and Gary Newman, who are taking oversight of the network later this month. Long and Frost are no longer under deals but I hear they loved the project and working together so much, they would be open to coming back in case of a pickup. Read More »

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CBS Pilots: What Is Still Alive

By | Saturday May 10, 2014 @ 5:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva


UPDATE: I;ve learned that comedy Cuz-Bros also is officially dead.

PREVIOUS: I’ve learned that CBS made calls today on several pilots. Some encouraging news (and deja vu) for the single-camera Jim Gaffigan project. I hear that CBS is keeping the pilot alive with a decision to be made after the upfronts. The same happened last year when CBS put two comedy pilots from Sony TV, Jim Gaffigan and The McCarthys on hold pre-upfront and later ordered new pilots for both. The McCarthys went on to clinch a series order yesterday. So far, CBS only has multi-camera cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712__131121001522comedies for next season. Meanwhile, I hear CBS has passed on the comedy pilot from another standup comedian, Tom Papa’s More Time with Family, fellow comedy Save the Date and dramas Wall Street, Red Zone and untitled David Marshall Grant. I hear no decision has been made official on the How I Met Your Mother spinoff pilot, How I Met Your Dad, which didn’t make the cut yesterday, when CBS picked up two new comedy series, Matthew Perry’s Odd Couple and The McCarthys. I’ll update with more information I get on the remaining CBS comedy pilots.

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Jim Gaffigan & Jerrod Carmichael Get Boost While Their Pilots Vie For Series Pickups

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 3:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In a tight race, any bit of advantage helps. Two creators and stars of broadcast comedy pilots in contention for a series pickup, Jim Gaffigan and Jerrod Carmichael, got some good news today.Gaffigan Jim Gaffigan’s Comedy Central standup special on Sunday drew 1.1 million viewers and a 0.85 rating in adults 18-49, the highest marks for a standup special on the network in a year, topping 16 other specials that aired in the past 12 months. Gaffigan has a semi-autobiographical comedy pilot at CBS, a re-do of his pilot last year. The new pilot was an early standout. It doesn’t seem to be a sure thing by any stretch but today’s Comedy Central ratings are a nice reminder that Gaffigan is one of the most popular and respected veteran standup comedians working today who is yet to achieve mainstream success.

carmichaelOn the other hand, we have an up-and-come comedian, Jerrod Carmichael, toplining his first pilot, an presentation at NBC. The lower budget autobiographical project has been a dark horse at the network, with its chances increasing as does Carmichael’s profile. He is in the high-profile new feature comedy Neighbors, and he just landed his first HBO standup specialdirected by none other than Spike Lee, with Funny of Die producing. It will be taped at The Comedy Store in Hollywood on May 7.

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Adam Goldberg Joins CBS’ Jim Gaffigan Comedy Pilot

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 4:03pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

adamgoldbergEXCLUSIVE: Adam Goldberg is set to co-star opposite Jim Gaffigan in Gaffigan’s CBS single-camera comedy pilot from Sony TV. The project, co-written by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, is inspired by Gaffigan’s real life and stars the comedian as Jim, the happily married and harried NYC father of five. Goldberg will play Dave Reedy, Jim Gaffigan’s best friend, a die-hard New Yorker and stand-up comic who lives next door and is always at hand to give Jim the benefit of his neurotic counsel. Goldberg, repped by UTA and Luber Roklin, is recurring on FX’s limited series Fargo and recently wrapped production on the film No Way Jose, which he wrote, directed, starred in and produced.

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UPDATE: Shia LaBeouf Apologizes For Plagiarizing Comic For Short Film

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 9:50am PST

Shia LaBeouf plagiarismUPDATE: In a PR roller coaster that proved the power of internet pundits, Shia LaBeouf apologized publicly for failing to credit the graphic comic that inspired his short film Howard which he debuted online Monday. “I f***ed up,” he Tweeted from @thecampaignbook, the same account he had used to heavily promote the 2012 short which stars Jim Gaffigan as an internet film critic consumed by his own online influence. Ironically the film played dozens of film festivals last year including the Cannes Film Festival, but it wasn’t until it hit the web yesterday morning that keen-eyed bloggers noticed uncredited similarities between LaBeouf’s film and artist Daniel Clowes’ 2007 graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, including word-for-word dialogue and visuals lifted directly from the original. By afternoon the video was password-protected without explanation as the plagiarism accusations flew. LaBeouf broke his silence late last night with a mea culpa that also sounded slightly familiar: “Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work. In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation. I’m embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration. I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it. I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work. I f***ed up.”

PREVIOUS, MONDAY PM: What’s one way to get the attention of internet critics? Make a short film about internet critics. In, writer-director Shia LaBeouf (apparently based on this uncredited illustrated short by Ghost World‘s Daniel Clowes) slices into the tortured psyche of an online film critic and his philosophical struggles with auteur hero-worship, the misery that is other bloggers, and press junket catering. Read More »

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Ashley Williams Set As Female Lead In CBS’ Jim Gaffigan Comedy Pilot

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 9:06am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ashley williamsEXCLUSIVE: Ashley Williams is set to star opposite Jim Gaffigan in Gaffigan’s CBS single-camera comedy pilot. The project, co-written by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, is inspired by Gaffigan’s real life and stars the comedian as Jim, the happily married and harried NYC father of five. Williams will play Jim’s wife Jeannie, a super-wife and super-mom, possessing a seemingly unlimited storehouse of energy, encouragement, patience and good humor. The Sony TV-produced project was originally ordered to pilot last season, with Mira Sorvino playing Jeannie. It has since been retooled and re-piloted. In addition to Gaffigan, Tongayi Chirisa from the original pilot also was brought back for the new version. Williams, repped by Gersh and Luber Roklin, just completed her first Broadway run in A Time To Kill. 

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CBS Set To Redevelop Jim Gaffigan Comedy

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 3:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After lengthy negotiations, CBS has closed a deal with Sony Pictures TV to redevelop the Jim Gaffigan/Peter Tolan comedy, originally developed last season when it went to pilot. Unlike another CBS single-camera family comedy pilot from last season, The McCarthys (also from Sony TV), which is being re-piloted as a multi-camera sitcom, the Jim Gaffigan project will remain single-camera. Co-written by Gaffigan and Tolan, the project, inspired by Gaffigan’s real life, stars the comedian as the happily married and harried NYC father of five as he is in real life. I hear only Gaffigan from the cast of the original pilot is returning as the producers are taking a new look. Tolan and Gaffigan are executive producing with Michael Wimer and Alex Murray for Sony TV and Fedora Entertainment.

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Jim Gaffigan Signs Deal For Second Book As His CBS Comedy Pilot Stays Alive

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 8:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A month after the release of Jim Gaffigan‘s first book, Dad Is Fat, its publisher, Crown Archetype, has signed the comedian for a second book. I hear Gaffigan’s deal with the imprint of the Crown Publishing Group at Random House is in the seven-figure range. The untitled followup will be a collection of essays about one of Gaffigan’s favorite topics: food. It will be published in 2014. Dad Is Fat debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller’s list and has nearly 115,000 hardcover copies in print.

CAA/Brillstein Entertainment Partners-repped Gaffigan, currently on a 50-city national tour, toplined a comedy pilot for CBS he co-created with Peter Tolan this past season. The project missed the cut in May but remains alive, with the network and producing studio Sony TV discussing ways to retool it.

Related: CBS Re-Piloting ‘The McCarthys’ As Multi-Camera Comedy

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Dennis Haysbert Joins CBS’ ‘Backstrom’, Jim Gaffigan Comedy Pilot Adds Priest

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 6:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Dennis Haysbert, star of the CBS military drama The Unit, is reuniting with the network and The Unit producer 20th Century Fox TV with a co-starring role in the CBS/20th TV drama pilot Backstrom. Written by Hart Hanson based on the Swedish book series, the project centers on Everett Backstrom, an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. Gersh-repped Haysbert plays John Almond, one of the detectives working with Backstrom.

Here is a tongue twister: Tongayi Chirisa (NBC’s Crusoe) has been cast as Father Nicholas Ngungumbane in CBS’ Jim Gaffigan comedy pilot. Written by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, the project centers on Jim (Gaffigan) a guy who lives with his wife Jeannie (Mira Sorvino) and five kids in a 2-bedroom New York apartment. Father Ngungumbane is Catholic priest from Zimbabwe, recently relocated to New York and thrilled to be living in the United States, who tries to convince Jim to come to church more often. Chirisa is with Domain and New Wave.

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Mira Sorvino To Star In CBS’ Jim Gaffigan Comedy Pilot

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 2:32pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Mira Sorvino is returning to her comedy roots (she won an Oscar for Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite) with a starring role opposite Jim Gaffigan in his CBS comedy pilot. Written by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan (the two co-wrote the story, and Tolan wrote the script), the project centers on Jim (Gaffigan) a guy who lives with his wife Jeannie (Sorvino) and five kids in a 2-bedroom New York apartment. Sorvino’s Jeannie is a super-wife and super-mom. The mother of five kids, she has a sixth child in the house: her husband Jim. Sony Pictures TV and Fedora are producing, with Gaffigan, Tolan, Michael Wimer and Alex Murray executive producing. The pilot reunites Sorvino with CBS where she toplined drama pilot Trooper last season. (She also reprised her role in the TNT version of the pilot.) In addition to Mighty Aphrodite, Sorvino’s comedic roles include the cult Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion and last year’s well reviewed Union Square. She is with ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Michael Adler & Jonathan Shikora.

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CBS Greenlights Jim Gaffigan-Peter Tolan Family Comedy Pilot Starring Gaffigan

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 12:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

A dozen years after Jim Gaffigan got his first sitcom-starring role on CBSWelcome To New York, the actor-comedian is one step from another comedy series on CBS as the network has greenlighted a half-hour pilot based on his life. Gaffigan is partnered with Peter Tolan on the project, which landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment in September. Gaffigan and Tolan co-wrote the story, and Tolan wrote the script for the project, which centers on a guy who lives with his wife and five kids in a 2-bedroom New York apartment. Sony Pictures TV, where Tolan and Michael Wimer’s company Fedora Entertainment is based, is producing, with Gaffigan, Tolan and Wimer executive producing alongside Gaffigan’s manager, Brillstein Entertainment’s Alex Murray. Read More »

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