Country Music Television has placed four pilot presentation orders for scripted comedies, Deadline.com reports.
It’s a new direction for the network following its hiring last year of comedy executive Brad Johnson, who is CMT’s senior vice president of comedy development, the article says.
All four pilots are family comedies, which Johnson says is neglected on broadcast networks.
According to the story, Johnson said, “The common thread is that all are the kind of family comedies you can watch with your kids.”
The network hopes that at least two of the presentations will make it to series and will be able to debut as a block in late 2010 or early 2011. The pilot presentations range from "The Hard Life," from Bill Diamond of "Murphy Brown," which is about modern parenting versus old-fashioned parenting, to "Working Class," starring Melissa Peterman as a blue-collar single mom who moves into a wealthy neighborhood.