EXCLUSIVE: In a very competitive situation, CBS has landed Gorgeous Morons, a multi-camera comedy project from prolific writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and ABC Studios, with a big put pilot commitment. Co-created by Eisenberg, Stupnitsky and frequent collaborator/former Office head writer Danny Chun, all under overall deals at ABCS, Gorgeous Morons centers on two stunningly handsome but dumb brothers, a model and a personal trainer, who find their lives rocked by their new roommate, a female literature PhD. who is merely very attractive.
This is the biggest commitment from an outside network to a comedy project from ABC Studios in many years as the studio is stepping up its efforts to sell everywhere under new boss Patrick Moran. Both Moran and ABC Studios’ head of comedy Amy Hartwick came from 20th Century Fox TV, which, while aligned with Fox, supplies all major broadcast networks, so the goal was to not let vertical integration stand in the way of giving their projects the best chance of success. “Not everything is going to work at the studio’s sister network and therefore we want ABCS to afford our show creators enough options to find the right home for their material,” Hartwick said.
Eisenberg and Stupnitsky first came up with the idea for Gorgeous Morons last season when they ended up writing an adaptation of the British series Pulling for ABC Studios in addition to executive producing … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky have signed a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. The Office alums serve as executive producers/showrunners on two new comedy series sold under their previous deal with the studio, Trophy Wife at ABC and Hello Ladies at HBO. Additionally, Eisenberg and Stupnitsky, who wrote the 2011 feature Bad Teacher, executive produced Sony TV’s comedy pilot adaptation, which nears a midseason series order at CBS. “Lee and Gene are hugely prolific and quite possibly the hardest working comedy writers out there today,” said ABC Studios SVP Development Patrick Moran. “We are thrilled to have them attached to our new comedy Trophy Wife.”
Over the last two years, Eisenberg and Stupnitsky developed projects at ABC, FX, HBO and Comedy Central through their Quantity Entertainment. Emily Brecht, who has been with the company since 2011, is being promoted to Director of Development and will oversee day-to-day operations. She previously worked at the Department of Defense. “As a policy, we always look to hire employees who are smarter than us,” Eisenberg and Stupnitsky said. “That said, we look forward to Quantity’s next chapter as Emily becomes a principal partner and eventually ousts us.” Read More »
Bad Teacher, a single-camera comedy series adaptation of the hit 2011 movie to be penned by Hilary Winston (Happy Endings, Community) and produced by the film’s writers-producers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, has been set up at CBS. The movie, from Columbia Pictures and Mosaic, starred Cameron Diaz as a foul-mouthed, gold-digging junior high school teacher. The TV adaptation 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.
Winston, repped by UTA, Mosaic and Jared Levine, just sold another comedy project to NBC with penalty. Titled Girls On Film, the show is about three college best friends, who all find themselves single at 30 but with very different levels of dating experience. Winston is writing/executive producing for Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare.
It has been a big last few weeks for ABC Studios-based Eisenberg and Stupnitsky. The duo, repped by WME and Mosaic, got two pilot orders, one at HBO for Hello Ladies, which they co-wrote and executive produce with Stephen Merchant, and one at ABC for Trophy Wife, written and executive produced by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins and starring Malin Ackerman. They also are writing and exec producing an adaptation of the British series Pulling for ABC.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has re-teamed Bad Teacher writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg with director Jake Kasdan for a new untitled comedy. The logline: After a Supercuts manager advises his best friend to break off his engagement, he unexpectedly falls in love with the jilted fiancee, testing both his new romance and his friendship. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky will produce with Mosaic, which produced Bad Teacher. So far, they haven’t made progress on mounting a sequel to Bad Teacher, a film that cost around $20 million and grossed around $215 million worldwide. The writers also worked for Sony Pictures on Ghostbusters III. While there has been no shortage of rumors that actors are being cast and that production will begin on the third installment as soon as spring, I’m told that the studio isn’t going to make it without Bill Murray. And as recently as last month, he had not read the script, or if he did, he has not reached out to get the dealmaking started. Without him, I don’t think the film has a ghost of a chance.
EXCLUSIVE: New Line has acquired Pregnancy Pact, a comedy pitch that Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly will write for Red Hour Productions. The comedy follows three lifelong best friends who make an ill-conceived pact to get the women in their lives pregnant at the same time. Their goal is to avoid having to make friends with other new parents when their child is born. Instead, it tests their friendship and marriages. It’s considered a strong vehicle for three young actors, and already some are circling, though no one is attached yet. The project will be produced by Red Hour’s Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld. Erica Steinberg, who brought it in, will be exec producer. The writers, who first got on the map when their script The Diversification of Noah Miller made the Black List, are also rewriting a Russell Brand comic vehicle at Paramount, and they have just set up a pair of TV pilots. They are writing First Ones In for Jamie Tarses, Sony and CBS, and Ex-Laws for Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and ABC Television Studios and ABC. The scribes are repped by WME and Management 360.