CBS has given the green light to Good Session, a single-camera comedy from John Hamburg (Meet The Parents franchise) and former Chuck executive producer Matt Miller. The project, from Warner Bros TV, where Miller is under a deal, revolves around a happy couple that goes to a therapist to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss.
Miller wrote the script with Hamburg, who is set to direct. The two executive produce. This is the second pilot order for Miller this season, along with drama Forever at ABC. This is CBS’ fifth pilot for next season and the third single-camera comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: It has been a strong selling season for feature writer-director John Hamburg (Meet The Parents franchise, I Love You, Man) and former Chuck executive producer Matt Miller. Each already has sold a project with a put pilot commitment. Now the two have teamed for a comedy, which too has landed as a put pilot. CBS has bought the single-camera comedy,Good Session, which is produced by Warner Bros. TV where Miller is under a deal. Written/executive produced by Miller and Hamburg and to be directed by Hamburg if it goes to pilot, Good Session is exploring (via couples counseling sessions) the relationship of a thirtysomething couple from their first meeting (in flashback) through present day, as they decide whether it’s time to have a child. Hamburg, repped by WME and Sloss Eckhouse Law, is executive producing single-camera comedy The Henchman, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox. He has feature Brother From Another Mother set up at Fox. Miller, who served as showrunner on ABC’s 666 Park Ave, has dramaForever at ABC with a put pilot commitment. He also is executive producing/supervising drama Bad Guys at Fox. Repped by WME and McKuin, Frankel, Whitehead.
EXCLUSIVE: A high-concept comedy, which drew interest from all major broadcast networks, has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. Titled The Henchman, the single-camera comedy project was written on spec by Dan Kopelman (Rules Of Engagement, Malcolm In The Middle), with feature writer-director John Hamburg (Meet The Parents franchise, I Love You, Man) set to direct and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment executive producing. Described as a live-action, grounded comedy in the vein of Despicable Me, The Henchman centers on a henchman to the world’s worst super-villain who deals with single parenthood and impending middle age. The project is yet to be laid off at a studio, with Fox sibling 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. TV considered strong possibilities. Kopelman penned The Henchman on spec, which he further developed with Kaplan. The two also are developing a comedy at Nickelodeon loosely based on actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict‘s upbringing. Kaplan and Kopelman gave The Henchman script to Hamburg who loved it and came on board. The trio are executive producing. As a producer, Kaplan has solid track record with specs, getting pilot orders for HR at Lifetime, and Isabel and Daddy’s Girls at NBC. He has six series on the air, ABC’s The Neighborsand Nick’s Wendell & Vinnie and the upcoming Back In The Gameon … Read More »
I’ve confirmed that those pickup shots which I first reported that Universal has scheduled for September on Little Fockers are now more than half a dozen full-blown scenes, including 4 with Dustin Hoffman. The notoriously difficult actor was written out of the Meet The Parents threequel altogether when Universal couldn’t reach a deal with him. But John Hamburg and Jay Roach helped convince Dustin to reprise his role which is “not dissimilar to what we were pitching him in the beginning,” an insider tells me. Hoffman won’t come cheap. “It’s costing what we were going to pay him in the first place,” my insider explains. Fortunately for the studio, the film was under budget, but even so it’s at least a $100M film. Hoffman will star in some pivotal scenes opposite Barbra Streisand, and then in a big scene at the end of the movie involving all the major characters. Other pickup scenes focus on Ben Stiller and the kids. Universal continues to spin that Little Fockers could have gone out “as is” since it scored an “85″ for the top 2 boxes with test audiences. ”But we want to make it better. It’s an investment in the future of the franchise.” So we’ll see whether the threequel still set for release in December kills Universal’s … Read More »
John Hamburg, who co-wrote all 3 films in the Meet the Parents franchise, has signed a blind script deal with 20th Century Fox TV to develop a comedy series project targeted for the 2011-12 season. On the film side, Hamburg also wrote and directed I Love You, Man (co-penned with Larry Levin) and Along Came Polly. In TV, he previously created, executive produced and directed the short-lived CBS comedy series Welcome to the Captain and helmed 3 episodes for the cult Fox comedy Undeclared.
EXCLUSIVE: Watching the sausage being made when it comes to major studio laughers isn’t pretty. So here’s a very typical example. Ever since shooting began on the threequel in the lucrative franchise, Universal has been trying to figure out how to improve its Little Fockers. At one point, replacing director Paul Weitz with producer-writer John Hamburg was contemplated early on and then rejected after Hamburg visited the set one weekend. That’s because everyone realized what a DGA mess this would result in. Plus, Adam Fogelson had just taken over as chairman and didn’t want to throw the already traumatized studio into a worse funk. So the decision was made to fix the movie in post. For about 4 to 5 weeks now, Weitz, Hamburg, Jay Roach, and Ben Stiller have been going through the footage. The good news is that they just decided that re-shoots aren’t needed. The not-so-good news is that they think a week of pickups with all the principal cast in September is required. Read More »