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Rob Riggle To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Home Game’ Produced By Mark Wahlberg

Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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UPDATE: CBS Picks Up Sports-Flavored Comedy Pilots Inspired By Colin Cowherd & Mark Schlereth, Mark Wahlberg To Produce

Nellie Andreeva

CBS brass had sports on their minds today, with pilot orders to two sports-themed multicamera comedies – an untitled sitcom inspired by ESPN personality Colin Cowherd’s outspoken sports talk show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and Home Game, a family show about a retired NFL player inspired by former NFL star Mark Schlereth and his family and  executive produced by Mark Wahlberg.

The untitled sports radio show was written by comedy veterans Bill Martin and Mike Schiff (Grounded for Life) who are executive producing, with Cowherd serving as producer. Also executive producing are Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, whose company co-produces the project with CBS TV Studios. This marks Eric and Kim Tannenbaum’s first pilot order since they relaunched their Tannenbaum Co. banner last summer and set up shop at CBS TV Studios. They were previously partnered with Mitch Hurwitz at Sony Pictures TV for 3.5 years.

An interesting bit of trivia. In 2003, Cowherd was picked to replace another outspoken sports personality, Tony Kornheiser, for the late morning time slot on ESPN Radio. Like Cowherd, Kornheiser too was the inspiration for a CBS sitcom. The multicamera comedy Listen Up!, loosely based on Kornheiser life, starred Jason Alexander and had a short run during the 2004-05 season.

Home Game, from CBS TV Studios and Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson’s Leverage,  is about a retired NFL player who returns home to his … Read More »

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