In what’s being described as a competitive situation, a new meatball restaurant comedy project from “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence has landed at CBS. Deadline.com reports that the network gave a pilot production commitment to the project, to be executive produced by Lawrence and written and executive produced by Jeff Astrof.
The project is about two best friends who own a restaurant. To keep their business and friendship going, they agree to visit a couples therapist.
“The setup might draw parallels to the USA dramedy ‘Common Law,’about two cop partners whose constant bickering and disdain for each other prompts their commanding officer to send them to a couples therapist,” the piece notes.
The show is based on the real-life story of Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, who own the Meatball Shop restaurants in New York City. The pair, lifelong friends, opened the business but realized they had a tough time working together, and started seeing a marriage counselor. They will serve as consulting producers.
Lawrence was also a co-creator on “Cougar Town” and “Spin City,” among other shows.