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NBC Orders Clip Show From Producers Stephen McPherson & Bruce Gersh

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 4:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

nbc4EXCLUSIVE: NBC is looking to launch a family-friendly variety clip show franchise in the tradition of ABC’s stalwart America’s Funniest Home Videos. The network has given a six-episode order to an hourlong show from producers Stephen McPherson and Bruce Gersh. Tentatively titled NBC’s Epic Funnies, the series is built around the principles of Epic Fails and life moments gone wrong. McPherson and Gersh, who worked together at ABC, collaborated on several projects over the last year. That led to mcphersonsteve-copy__130913024230-150x150brucegershthe duo recently launching a venture together, Hollywoodland Studio, with Epic Funnies as the first project. It was another ABC alum, Jeff Bader, now head of scheduling at NBC, that helped bring the show to the peacock network. Gersh has clip show experience. As an executive at ABC, he oversaw digital business for network shows including AFHV where he met the show’s creator/executive producer Vin di Bona, and the two launched FishBowl Worldwide Media in 2010. As the company’s president and CEO for four years until his exit last summer, he orchestrated the Web exploitation of  AFHV‘s massive library of clips with the launch five YouTube channels. With Epic Fails, McPherson and Gersh are taking an opposite route, taking online clips to TV. The show is envisioned as being global, featuring original clips from around the world. Former ABC … Read More »

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Fox Gives Cast-Contingent Pilot Order To Comedy From Ricky Blitt, Johnny Galecki & Stephen McPherson

Nellie Andreeva

Fox has given an early pilot order to a half-hour from writer Ricky Blitt, The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and producer Stephen McPherson. Here’s Your Damn Family, a multi-camera comedy produced by Warner Bros TV, the studio behind Big Bang, has received a cast-contingent order. The project was originally sold to Fox, where McPherson has a first-look deal, with penalty in September. It marked Galecki’s first sale as a producer, and now it is his first pilot order. Here’s Your Damn Family also represents the first pilot order for McPherson in his first season as a producer, in which he sold a dozen or so pitches. The comedy centers on a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man living with his mom who finds his perfectly organized world upended when his mother/roommate gets married, and her new husband plus his three teenage children move in. Blitt, Galecki and McPherson executive produce.

Blitt created the project on spec and then further developed it with Galecki. The two have been friends for more than a decade, since working together on another Blitt-written Fox comedy project, 2002 pilot Becoming Glen. Galecki played the title character in the project, who draws some parallels to the lead in Here’s Your Damn Family — a thirtysomething guy living with his parents. (Fox later remade Becoming Glen as the 2007 series The Winner starring Rob Corddry.) Because of his relationship with Warner … Read More »

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Fox Buys Comedy From Ricky Blitt, Johnny Galecki & Stephen McPherson With Penalty

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy writer Ricky Blitt has teamed with The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and producer Stephen McPherson for Here’s Your Damn Family, a multi-camera comedy produced by Warner Bros TV, the studio behind Big Bang. The project has sold to Fox, where McPherson has a first-look deal, with penalty. It marks Galecki’s first sale as a producer. Here’s Your Damn Family centers on a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man living with his mom who finds his perfectly organized world upended when his mother/roommate gets married, and her new husband plus his three teenage children move in.

Blitt created the project on spec and then further developed it with Galecki. The two have been friends for more than a decade, since working together on another Blitt-written Fox comedy project, 2002 pilot Becoming Glen. Galecki played the title character in the project, who draws some parallels to the lead in Here’s Your Damn Family — a thirtysomething guy living with his parents. (Fox later remade Becoming Glen as the 2007 series The Winner starring Rob Corddry.) Because of his relationship with Warner Bros through Big Bang, Galecki took Here’s Your Damn Family to the studio. McPherson then joined up with them, and the project was taken to Fox. (The comedy falls outside of his first-look deal at Lionsgate TV.) Read More »

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