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Exclusive: Adult Swim has handed a pilot order to Shredd: The Jon Johnsonsen Story, a live-action comedy starring Jason Lee from Reveille and Jack Black's Electric Dynamite. Luke Watson and Jason Lee co-wrote the script for the 11-minute pilot, with Lee also set to direct. Shredd centers on Jon Johnsonsen (Lee) who, as a 17-year-old superstar skateboarder in 1985 was on top of the world until a risky skate move landed him in a coma for 25 years. When he wakes up, he is 42 but stuck in the 1980s mindset of a teenage boy and must cope with all the changes in his life. Lee and Watson are executive producing the project alongside Carolyn Bernstein, Todd Cohen and Howard T. Owens of Reveille and Black, Ben Cooley and Priyanka Mattoo of Electric Dynamite. This marks the first pilot pickup to come out of Electric Dynamite’s two-year TV overall deal with Reveille. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: An empty nesters comedy from 'Til Death creators Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith has landed at CBS. Titled Free, the multi-camera comedy centers on a married couple who explore their freedom and start to have fun and live their life when they drop their kids off at college. The husband-and-wife writing duo are writing-executive producing the project, which has received a script commitment. Sony Pictures TV, where Yuspa and Goldsmith are based with an overall deal, is producing. This is Yuspa and Goldsmith's second project this development season. They are also writing My Life As an Experiment, a single-camera comedy for NBC based on the best-selling non-fiction book by A.J. Jacobs. The project, which they are executive producing with Jack Black, received a seven-figure penalty. Yuspa and Goldsmith have been in a similar situation before. Five years ago, they also set two projects, a multi-camera comedy involving empty nesters, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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NBC has ordered a comedy pilot that has Jack Black as one of its executive producers. The untitled show, which Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa ("The King of Queens," "'Til Death") are writing, is based on A.J. Jacobs' book "The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life As an Experiment." [The Live Feed]
Kyle MacLachlan, late of "Desperate Housewives," will guest on at least two episodes of "How I Met Your Mother" later this fall. He'll be playing the ex-husband of Jennifer Morrison's character, who maybe-possibly-you-never-know could turn out to be the mom in question. [EW]
Fox's sci-fi series "Terra Nova" has cast British actress Shelley Conn ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Mistresses") as its female lead. She'll play the wife of Jason O'Mara's character. [Deadline]
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The Late Show with David Letterman" finished premiere week nearly even in the ratings. »
NBC has ordered a pilot for a new half-hour comedy. Deadline reports that Jack Black is producing the show, which is based on the non-fiction book Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life As An Experiment. The project focuses on a journalist whose life is affected by the various assignments he is given. Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, who previously worked on The King (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Funnyman Jack Black is continuing his expansion into every available medium. He's already conquered the movie scene--and with starring roles in films by Stephen Chow and Richard Linklater, that doesn't look to be changing anytime soon--and has built a significant following with his band Tenacious D, who have recently written a song for the new Heavy Metal movie. Next up, he's heading to television in his first non-cameo role, not counting his three-episode stint on HBO. The project is based on A.J. Jacobs' nonfiction book The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment, and is about "a man fixated on self-improvement who takes on difficult experiments and lifestyles, all of which makes things tough on his family". Learn more after the break. The Hollywood Reporter says NBC made a pilot order-with-penalty deal with Black, whose production company will help produce the show. Writers for the pilot will be »
- Adam Quigley
A couple of network TV updates are coming at you right now. First up, after upsetting viewers by canceling Lone Star, Fox is in the market for pissing off even more of their viewership as they have pushed back the second season premiere of Human Target. Previously schedule for premiere this Friday, the series will now start its second season on November 17th by returning to its old time slot on Wednesdays as 8/7c. The new season kicks off with a as Chance (Mark Valley) and Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) race to rescue their kidnapped associate, Winston (Chi McBride). Vowing to retire from the security business, Chance is lured back to work by billionaire philanthropist Ilsa Pucci (new series regular Indira Varma), who needs his protection after the mysterious murder of her husband. While on assignment, the team encounters Ames (new cast member Janet Montgomery), a beautiful, chameleon-like thief who »
- Ethan Anderton
NBC has picked up a comedy pilot from actor-comedian Jack Black.
The network has made a pilot order-with-penalty deal for a new project based on A.J. Jacobs' nonfiction book "The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment."
The show is about a man fixated on self-improvement who takes on difficult experiments and lifestyles, all of which makes things tough on his family.
Black's production company will produce along with Reveille and Sony TV. »
- By James Hibberd
Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, who served as executive producers/showrunners on The King of Queens, will write the pilot based on the non-fiction book by A.J. Jacobs. The book focuses on A.J. Jacobs, an immersion journalist whose bizarre experiments affect his family's life. Such experiments he went through include outsourcing everything in his life to India and co-authoring his nanny's emails to a dating service, where he learns about rejection.
NBC has picked up My Life As an Experiment, a half-hour comedy project produced by Jack Black and written by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith. Based on the best-selling non-fiction book Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life As An Experiment by journalist/author A.J. Jacobs, the show chronicles the adventures of an immersion journalist and how these unusual assignments comedically affect his home life with his wife and two kids. It hails from Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Prods., Reveille, where Electric Dynamite has a production deal, and Sony Pictures Television. Sony TV-based comedy writing duo Yuspa and Goldsmith will write/executive produce My Life as an Experiement, which I hear landed a pilot penalty, one of the biggest for a comedy project so far this development season. Yuspa and Goldsmith, who have been at Sony since 1997, executive produced and ran the studio's long-running comedy The King of Queens before segueing to development. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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