Popular YouTube personality Shane Dawson is bringing his brand to television. NBC has put in development Losin’ It, a single-camera comedy from Dawson, The Big C creator Darlene Hunt and producer Will Gluck. The workplace comedy, based on Dawson’s real-life experiences, is set at a suburban weight loss center franchise that gets thrown into upheaval when its most successful client decides to share his inspiration by becoming a consultant there, only to then find himself promoted to manager by the end of his first day. Hunt will write from a story she co-penned with Dawson and his producing partner Lauren Schnipper. Hunt, Dawson, Gluck and Richie Schwartz executive produce, with Schnipper producing. The project hails from Sony TV, where Gluck’s Olive Bridge and Hunt are under deals. 25-year-old Dawson, one of YouTube’s most popular stars, with over 9 million subscribers across three channels, was working at weight-loss company Jenny Craig, along with his mother and brother, when he launched his first YouTube channel in 2008. But soon thereafter he uploaded a pole-dancing video shot in the office and immediately was fired, along with his mother, brother and several other co-workers who appeared in the video. Dawson also has a successful personal weight loss story, having shed 150 pounds after a rough childhood marked by domestic abuse and school bullying. (Watch Dawson’s latest music parody after the jump.)
BREAKING: Sony Pictures is setting Will Gluck to helm Annie, the re-imagining of the Broadway musical. The helmer who directed Easy A and Friends With Benefits for Sony-based Screen Gems takes on a high-profile project that will be produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through their Overbrook Entertainment banner, and by Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media. Willow Smith is no longer attached; she was 9 when development began and she has outgrown the role of Annie.
Gluck will revise the film’s screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical and its book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin. That’s based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. The movie is contemporized and will shoot in the fall for a 2014 release.
CBS seems determined to get a comedy from My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia on the air next season, handing out pilot orders to both of his scripts, one single- and one multi-camera. They were among four CBS pilots ordered tonight as the network kept its odd pilot season tradition of greenlighting a slew of pilots after hours on a Friday night. The other two pickups went to the Will Gluck-produced comedy The McCarthys, from writer Brian Gallivan; and The Ordained, a drama from a novice TV writer, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, which is produced by Frank Marshall. These mark the first pilot orders for Garcia and Marshall in the first development cycles under their deals at CBS TV Studios, while The McCarthys hails from Sony TV where Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment is based.
Garcia’s single-camera pilot Super Clyde centers on a meek, unassuming fast food worker who decides to become a super hero. The untitled multi-camera one centers on a recently divorced man whose life is complicated when his parents decide to move in with him. Both projects are written and executive produced by CAA-repped Garcia, who moved from long-time home 20th TV to CBS Studios last May in a very rich four-year overall deal. The double pickup almost assures Emmy winner Garcia’s return to CBS’ primetime seven years after the end of the network’s comedy series Yes, Dear, which he co-created. Garcia’s commitment to Fox’s Raising Hope, now in its third season, concludes at the end of this season. The family comedy has done well enough to earn another renewal but Garcia’s departure would certainly reflect on the show’s chances.
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, an untitled single-camera family comedy from producer Will Gluck and Happy Endings staff writer Brian Gallivan has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment. The project is being produced by Happy Endings’ Sony Pictures TV and Gluck’s studio-based Olive Bridge Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: The Housewives, a multi-camera comedy from Saturday Night Live alumna Casey Wilson, actress/writer June Diane Raphael, Will Gluck and Sony Pictures TV, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment.
Written and executive produced by Wilson and Raphael, The Housewives is about three female friends in 1954. Raphael is in negotiations to play one of the three leads in the project, produced by Sony TV and Gluck’s studio-based TV production company Olive Bridge Entertainment. Richard Schwartz co-executive produces.
The Housewives reunites the auspices behind last year’s single-camera comedy project Walk Of Shame, which also was set up at ABC through Sony TV and Gluck’s company, with Wilson and Raphael writing. Wilson has a pre-existing relationship with ABC and Sony TV — she co-stars on the ABC/Sony comedy Happy Endings.
EXCLUSIVE: Easy A helmer Will Gluck is at the center of a deal that CBS Films is making for the bestselling Geoffrey Gray novel Skyjack: The Hunt For D.B. Cooper, which was published by Crown. Gluck is in talks to direct and produce via his Olive Bridge banner, and Keith Bunin will write the script. Bunin scripted episodes of the HBO series In Treatment, and is writing for Universal and Illumination Entertainment a live-action film about the life of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) as a vehicle for Johnny Depp to star in and produce.
The Skyjack novel is an action-comedy that follows the story of D.B. Cooper, who on November 24, 1971, hijacked a Boeing 727, demanded $200,000 and parachutes, and jumped out over the Pacific Northwest. He was never caught and hailed as a folk hero. The book tracks his story from the perspectives of three different people claiming to be him. Gluck most recently co-wrote, directed and produced Friends With Benefits, the romantic comedy that starred Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. He is in the middle of a Sony Pictures deal for movies and series, and this is a rare project outside that arrangement.