After a long-standing history with NBC, Friends EP and Joey and Perfect Couples co-creator Scott Silveri has signed an exclusive three-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Silveri’s most recent show, the Matthew Perry sitcom Go On, was cancelled last year and marked his latest show for NBC. Under his new Fox deal, the Primetime Emmy-winner will develop, write, and supervise comedy projects. Word has it Silveri was hotly pursued my multiple suitors before inking with Fox. “We are huge fans of Scott’s, going all the way back to the work he did on Friends, said 20th TV Chairman/CEO Dana Walden. “I loved the pilot for Go On – it was incredibly bold, distinctive and, of course, really funny. Scott is very talented and incredibly entertaining. If the meetings trying to get him to move to TCFTV are any indication, we are going to have a fantastic time working with him.” Silveri is repped by WME and attorney Don Walerstein at Rohner Walerstein.
CBS Buys Family Comedy From Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Scott Silveri & David Mandel With Pilot Production Commitment
Alums of NBC’s biggest 1990s comedy series, Shana Goldberg-Meehan and Scott Silveri of Friends and David Mandel of Seinfeld, have teamed for a new multi-camera comedy at CBS. The network has handed a pilot production commitment to the untitled project, directed by veteran multi-camera helmer Andy Ackerman. Written/exec produced by Goldberg-Meehan, Silveri and Mandel, the family comedy centers on a couple with adult children. Warner Bros. TV, which produced Friends, is producing with Goldberg-Meehan and Silveri’s Silver and Gold Prods and Mandel’s Woltz International Pictures. This marks the first collaboration of husband-and-wife duo Goldberg-Meehan and Silveri since they created the Friends spinoff Joey. Over the past decade, the two had worked on separate projects, including creating series Perfect Couples and Go On (Silveri) and Better With You (Goldberg-Meehan). Mandel is a frequent collaborator with Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, working as an exec producer on his HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm and film Clear History. This marks the second production commitment for a comedy at CBS this season, along with Kan Cannon and Jason Winer’s single-camera half-hour The Runt.
Friends alum Matthew Perry is returning to NBC and reuniting with former Friends co-showrunner Scott Silveri. Perry is set to star in and co-executive produce Go On, a single-camera NBC comedy pilot written by Silveri and directed by Todd Holland. Produced by Universal TV, Go On centers on an irreverent yet charming sportscaster (Perry) who, trying to move on from a loss, finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory support group. “Scott has written a very funny, touching pilot,” said Perry, who was approached for several pilots this season both on the comedy and drama side. “I’m very excited to be working with him again. I asked him to turn this into an ice show. He said no. We have picked up right where we left off.”
Silveri wrote the script for Perry without actually intending to. “When I started writing the character, no matter who I was thinking of at 9 AM, by 10 AM I was writing with Matthew’s voice,” Silveri said. Despite doing it subconsciously, writing for Perry felt natural. “Writing for him (on Friends) was one of the great creative experiences of my life,” he said. Needless to say, when NBC picked up Go On to pilot, Silveri’s first choice for the lead was Perry. “Thank god he was open to it,” Silveri said, adding, “Matthew is a mightily talented actor and one of our great comedic voices. He and I worked together for eight wonderful years on Friends. I’m thrilled for this opportunity for him to learn my name.”
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has closed a deal for Turkey Bowl, a comedy that will re-team The Other Guys stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as guys from football-obsessed towns who lead rival teams in an annual tackle football game for bragging and trash-talking rights. The tackle games are grandiose, and I’m told they plan to pack it with fun cameos, just the way they did during the rival broadcaster gang fights in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Alec Baldwin is already aboard as Wahlberg’s father. Sold as a pitch, the project will be written by 30 Rock‘s Robert Carlock, and Scott Silveri, with the story by Owen Burke of Gary Sanchez Productions. Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy will produce through their Sanchez banner and Wahlberg through his Closest to the Hole banner. Ferrell is coming off a stint on The Office and will next be seen in Everything Must Go. Wahlberg just became aligned to re-team with David O. Russell in The Silver Linings Playbook, which The Weinstein Company is selling at the Cannes Film Festival market. He’s starring in the Seth MacFarlane-directed Ted after wrapping Contraband.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Scrubs executive producer Tad Quill has signed a two-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios. Under the seven-figure pact, Quill will develop new projects for the studio. He also will work part-time on UMS’ new comedy series for NBC Perfect Couples, from creators/executive producers Jon Pollack and Scott Silveri. Quill previously worked with Pollack on the ABC comedy Spin City.
This marks Quill’s return to NBC. His stint on the network’s comedy Scrubs, where he rose to an executive producer, led to an overall deal at ABC Studios, which produced the series for NBC and then for ABC. Quill has gotten 2 consecutive pilots orders in the past 2 development cycles. This past season, he landed a pilot at CBS. The untitled multicamera comedy pilot, produced by CBS TV Studios, was pushed because of difficulties casting the lead and continues to be in contention at the network. Quill is repped by ICM and attorney Ken Richman.