CBS Bets on Carolla’s ‘Ace’

Feb 21, 2009  •  Post A Comment

CBS is staying in the Adam Carolla business, greenlighting a half-hour comedy pilot starring the comic/radio personality.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Jackhole production banner, BermanBraun and CBS Paramount Network Television are behind the project, dubbed “Ace in the Hole,” according to a source familiar with the pickup. Mr. Carolla will star as a husband and dad who works as a driving instructor.
News of the greenlight comes just days after CBS’ radio division ended Mr. Carolla’s nationally syndicated talk show. That move came in conjunction with the decision to flip the format of Mr. Carolla’s flagship station, Los Angeles’ KLSX 97.1 FM, to Top 40.
Mr. Carolla wrote the pilot for “Ace in the Hole” with Kevin Hench. The two collaborated on the 2007 feature “The Hammer.”
BermanBraun is having a strong pilot season at CBS, with “Ace” the banner’s third pilot pickup at the network.
Meanwhile, industry insiders confirmed Saturday that CBS has decided to push development of its drama pilot “Confessions of a Contractor” due to casting issues.