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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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We Are … Not Picked Up Yet? Fox Upfront Features ‘Sober Companion’ Poster

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 2:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

sobercompanionfoxDid Fox‘s events department jump the gun or just use the wrong poster? People attending the Fox upfront presentation at the Beacon Theatre today were greeted with movie-style posters for all of the network’s new series as part of Fox’s new marketing campaign with the tagline “We Are …” (We Are Empire, We Are Weird Loners, We Are Utopia, etc. — see photos.) But among the shows that were showcased was Sober Companion, which also got the “We Are” treatment at the very entrance of the Beacon. The problem is that the Sober Companion comedy pilot, starring Nick Frost and Justin Long, has not been picked up to series. (I hear the posting was the work of an outside vendor.)

The network opted not to pick up any of its comedy pilots last week, IMG-20140512-00135instead upping the order for Mulaney from 6 to 13 episodes. It left two pilots alive: Matt Hubbard’s Cabot Cottage, which had been in talks for a possible six-episode order, and Sober Companion, from CBS Studios.

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No decision has been made on Sober Companion yet, so this poster will either come in handy soon if the project is ordered, or could be a nice memento for Frost, Long and Sober Companion writers David S. Rosenthal and  Jennie Snyder … Read More »

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Jennie Snyder Urman Inks New Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

urman1Wrapping a very strong development season, Jennie Snyder Urman has re-upped her overall deal at CBS Television Studios for three more years. Urman, who previously created the CW drama  Emily Owens, MD for the studio, sold three projects this season — two of which, drama Jane The Virgin at the CW, based on the popular telenovela, and comedy Sober Companion at Fox, were picked up to pilot. Both are considered high-profile contenders, with Sober Companion boasting a cast led by Nick Frost and Justin Long. “Jennie’s had a remarkable pilot season, selling a comedy as well as a very unique twist on the most popular genre in the world, the telenovela,” said CBS TV Studios president David Stapf. “There is truly nothing she can’t do. Jennie is one of the most versatile, inventive writers and showrunners working today and we feel very fortunate that CBS will continue to be her home for years and years to come.”

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Dorian Brown & Mouzam Makkar Join ‘Sober Companion’; Ana Nogueira In ‘Good Session’

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 11:16am PDT

Dorian Brown (Wilfred) mouzam2dorianbrown11and Mouzam Makkar (Communicators) have landed female leads in Fox comedy pilot Sober Companion. Written/exec produced by David S. Rosenthal & Jennie Snyder Urman, Sober Companion centers on Robert (Nick Frost), a charming but self-destructive attorney who finds his world turned upside down when a court-appointed sober companion (Justin Long) takes control of his life. Brown, repped by Domain and McKeon/Myones, will play Cate, Robert’s ex-wife and probably still the love of his life. Makkar, repped by Gray Talent Group and Principato Young, will play Alex, Robert’s competitive, self-confident sister. Mallory Mahoney also has joined the cast as JoanJett, Robert and Cate’s young daughter.

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annanogueiraAna Nogueira (The Michael J. Fox Show) has booked a series regular role on CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot Good SessionWritten by John Hamburg and Matt Miller and directed by Hamburg, the project revolves around a happy couple, Joel (James Roday) and Lindsay, who go to a therapist (Tracey Ullman) to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss. Nogueira, repped by Innovative Artists, Gartner/Green Entertainment and attorney Mitch Smelkinson, will play Abby, a lovable mess who is always changing herself to suit the personality of her latest male suitor.

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Nick Frost To Topline Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Sober Companion’

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In one of the biggest casting coups for Fox this season, the network has tapped British writer-actor Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Paul) nickfrost1as the lead opposite Justin Long in comedy pilot Sober Companion. Written/exec produced by David S. Rosenthal & Jennie Snyder Urman, Sober Companion centers on Robert (Frost), a charming, but self-destructive attorney who finds his world turned upside down when a court-appointed sober companion (Long) takes control of his life. Frost’s Robert is intelligent, driven and an addict. So drunk that he does a faceplant in court, he is assigned a sober companion for the next 90 days, and must either stay away from everything he deems to be fun, or lose his job and probably his liberty. This marks the first American TV gig for Frost, who signed on for the role after lengthy courtship. The actor, repped by UTA, Think Tank Management and UK’s Hamilton/Hodell, was recently seen in The World’s End alongside his long-time collaborator and friend Simon Pegg.

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PILOT SEASON 2014: The Year Of The Odd Couple Comedies

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 9:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

oscar-madison-and-felix-ungerThis was a fitting ending to the comedy pilot pickup season, with CBS today greenlighting The Odd Couple, a new take on Neil Simon’s classic. The high-profile project, starring Matthew Perry as one of two mismatched roommates — messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger — is the perfect final entry in a string of odd-couple comedies this pilot season. At CBS alone, there are two of these, The Odd Couple and David Caspe’s multi-camera Cuz-Bros, about a successful and suave ladies man whose perfect life is turned upside down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay.

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Then there is NBC’s odd couple multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, which centers on the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham Permenter (Christian Borle) and fun, loose cannon Leon (Jonathan Ryland), who become inextricably linked after Leon saves Graham’s life by giving him a kidney. (NBC also has The Pro, a variation on the odd couple concept, with Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle as two former partners and friends thrown in back together after years apart following a falling-out.) Read More »

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Justin Long To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Sober Companion’ Which Changes Format From Multi- To Single-Camera

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 2:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

justinlongAfter a lengthy courtship, Justin Long has signed on as one of the two leads in Fox’s comedy pilot Sober Companion, originally developed and greenlighted as multi-camera. As part of getting Long to commit, Fox is converting CBS Studios-produced Sober Companion to single-camera, which is a format I hear Long was open to doing full-time. He has experience in both, doing a memorable arc on the first season of Fox’s single-camera comedy New Girl and an arc on CBS’ freshman sitcom Mom this past fall. The switch from multi- to single-camera impacts a couple of crew members who will have to be replaced, though director Don Scardino, who has helmed both multi- and single-camera comedy series, is staying put. Written/exec produced by David S. Rosenthal & Jennie Snyder Urman, Sober Companion centers on a charming, but self-destructive attorney who finds his world turned upside down when a court-appointed sober companion (Long) takes control of his life. Long’s Jeremy is a perennially upbeat, maddeningly eccentric sober companion who uses unconventional methods to keep clients clean. The actor, repped by ICM Partners and Intellectual Artists Management, recently wrapped features Tusk and Comet.

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Julianna Guill Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The Mistake’; Ally Maki In ‘Sober Companion’

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 2:30pm PST

jguillJulianna Guill (Crazy, Stupid, Love) has been cast as a regular in CBS pilot The Mistake, a multi-camera comedy written by Friends alumni Shana Goldberg-Meehan and Scott Silveri and former Seinfeld writer-producer David Mandel. Produced by WBTV, the story centers around a couple who had just “finished” raising their kids when they discover they’re pregnant. Guill, repped by APA, Luber Roklin Management and Neil Meyer, will play oldest child Gretchen who has just landed a high-paying job as a consultant and is particularly embarrassed by her parents’ pregnancy.

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Ally Maki has booked a regular rolemaki1 on Fox‘s comedy pilot Sober Companion from CBS TV Studios and writers/exec producers David S. Rosenthal and Jennie Snyder Urman. It centers on Robert, a charming, but self-destructive attorney who finds his world turned upside down when a court-appointed, and highly unconventional, sober companion takes control of his life. Maki will play Kamiko, Robert’s ex-wife, a Japanese party girl who likes to drink. Maki, repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Sweeney Entertainment, is coming off a starring role in indie feature Geography Club.

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Fox Grooms 20-Year-Old Comedian Pete Davidson As Primetime Breakout With ‘Sober Companion’ Role: Video

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 3:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

petedavidsonFox‘s Night of Comedy showcase at the Improv last fall featured then-19-year-old comedian Pete Davidson. The network brass loved him and quickly signed him to a talent holding deal. After a small guest-starring role on Fox’s freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which marked his first TV acting gig, Davidson got his first network test for Fox’s comedy pilot Sober Companion and landed the role on the spot, with Fox casting executives bullish on his breakout potential.

A native of Staten Island, NY, Davidson started his career in comedy at a young age, using it as a therapeutic outlet after losing his father, a New York City firefighter, on 9/11. Making his rounds in the New York comedy scene, he was spotted by Nick Cannon who took him under his wing. Davidson was a semi-regular on the revival of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out improv comedy series on MTV2 last year, leading to a gig on the MTV2 comedy/reality show Guy Code. Davidson, who dropped out of college, made his film acting debut in Cannon’s direct-to-video School Dance. Read More »

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Fox Picks Up Comedy Series ‘Weird Loners’, Pilots ‘Dead Boss’ & ‘Sober Companion’

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 6:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

After lengthy negotiations, Fox has given a six-episode order to single-camera comedy Weird Loners, from writer fox-tv-logo__130727010919-275x119Michael Weithorn, who wrote the project on spec and sold it to Fox. It was then laid off at 20th TV, with studio-based director-producer Jake Kasdan coming on board to executive produce alongside Weithorn. Weird Loners is the story of four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, NY.

Dead-Boss__130909223614-275x205Additionally, Fox has given pilot orders to comedies Dead Boss and Sober Companion, both geared toward series. Single-camera Dead Boss, which had a put pilot commitment, hails from  Warner Bros TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh and starring Horgan, Dead Boss was written by Patricia Breen (Suburgatory). It is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. Breen is executive producing with Horgan and Kaplan. This is the fourth Horgan/Kaplan project to go to pilot, following Pulling — also based on a Horgan British series — Bad Mom and Bad Management, all three at ABC. It is Kaplan’s second pilot order this season, along with The Mysteries Of Laura at NBC. He also has series … Read More »

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