CBS Adds to Its Hefty Roster of Comedy Pilots With Projects Tracing Bloodlines to ‘Friends,’ ‘Scrubs’

Feb 8, 2013  •  Post A Comment

CBS has picked up three more comedy pilots, bringing the network’s total to 12 — evenly split between single-camera and multicamera projects, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The latest batch includes comedy projects from producers behind “Friends,” “Smash” and “Scrubs.”

“’Jacked Up’ hails from Greg Malins and Patrick Warburton, with the ‘Rules of Engagement’ actor set to star as a beloved, recently retired baseball player who finds out that adjusting to retirement isn’t as easy as he thought it would be,” the piece reports. “Malins will pen the multicamera comedy script, which will be produced by ‘Rules’’ Sony Pictures Television, Happy Madison and CBS Television Studios. Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson, Malins and Warburton will exec produce.”

Another multicamera project comes from writer/producer Tad Quill (“Scrubs,” “Bent”). “It centers on a recently widowed father as he raises his 12-year-old son while jumping back into the dating pool. Quill will write and exec produce for CBS Television Studios,” THR reports.

An untitled comedy from Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky is “based on another Israeli format and centers on a married mom who struggles to balance family, life and work,” the story reports. “The single-camera entry will be exec produced by Keshet CEO Avi Nir and head of programming Ran Telem, on whose format Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ is based, as well as the original series co-creators Daniela London-Dekel and Dana Eden. ‘Smash’s’ Rottenberg and Zuritsky will write and executive produce the pilot, which is set up at CBS Television Studios.”

While 12 comedy pilots is a hefty load, the piece notes that CBS last season picked up eight half-hour pilots before eventually placing series orders for only two.


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