Comedian and writer Spike Feresten will host Car Matchmaker, a 13-episode series from Relativity TV division Ellen Rakieten Entertainment. Esquire Network has ordered 13 episodes for a fall premiere. The half-hour show centers on Feresten finding a guy in need of a car, getting to know him, then drawing upon his two decades of expertise and instinct to find three different cars perfectly suited to the buyer. At the end of each episode, a car is chosen. “Spike has been his friends’ go-to car buying guy for years, and his passion for and knowledge about cars is truly remarkable,” said Matt Hanna, Head of Original Programming at Esquire. The former Seinfeld writer also hosted, exec produced and co-wrote his Fox late-night show Talkshow With Spike Feresten. Ellen Rakieten is exec producer of Car Matchmaker.
Fox has put in development Massholes, an animated comedy written/executive produced by Seinfeld alum Spike Feresten and produced by 20th TV. It follows the adventures of Kevin Dunlevy, a smart nerdy tween trying to survive in a small Massachusetts town full of tough guys and half-wits. CAA-repped Feresten also has multi-camera comedy Wife Nanny at Fox with Jason Bateman, Peter Morgan, and Jim Garavente.
On the live-action side, Fox has bought a half-hour from writers Lauren Blum and Rebecca Dana, Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ studio-based Fanfare. Based on Dana’s memoir, “Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde,” which was published in January, the show is an odd-couple story. Blum and Dana, who met at the Wall Street Journal while they worked there as entertainment reporters, are repped by RWSG and Ryan Nord.
EXCLUSIVE: Arrested Development star Jason Bateman is back at Fox, this time as a producer. Bateman’s Aggregate Films is behind Wife Nanny, a multi-camera comedy from Seinfeld alum Spike Feresten, which has received a script commitment with penalty. It follows a sports executive who secretly hires a gay best friend for his wife in a misguided attempt to improve his marriage. Universal Television, where Aggregate Films has a first-look deal, is producing, with Feresten, Bateman, Peter Morgan (Identity Thief) and Aggregate Films president, James Garavente, executive producing. Aggregate Films’ first television series, the DJ Nash comedy Growing Up Fisher starring Jenna Elfman and JK Simmons, premieres on NBC this midseason. On the film side, Aggregate’s Bad Words, directed by and starring Bateman, had a strong showing at the Toronto Film Festival, landing a $7 million deal with Focus Features after a bidding war. Bateman and Feresten are with CAA.