CBS Buys Tom Hertz and Will Arnett Comedy

CBS is developing a high school-set workplace comedy from Will Arnett and Tom Hertz. You might recognize Hertz as the creator of Rules of Engagement, the cast of which includes: Megyn Price, Patrick Warburton, Bianca Kajlich, Oliver Hudson, and David Spade. Rules of Engagement ran for 100 episodes, over the course of seven seasons on CBS. Continue on for more about Hertz and Arnett's new comedy. Read More…
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CBS Buys Workplace Comedy From Tom Hertz & Will Arnett

Rules Of Engagement creator Tom Hertz is back at CBS with another multi-camera comedy. The untitled project hails from Will Arnett’s Electric Avenue and CBS TV Studios, where the company had a first-look deal (it sincemoved to Sony TV, but this project stems from that previous tie-up). Written by Hertz, it is a workplace ensemble comedy set at a public high school. Hertz and Arnett executive produce alongside Peter Principato of Principato-Young Entertainment, Gerry Dee
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Rules of Engagement Comes Off the Bench Again — Perhaps for the Last Time

The last time Tom Hertz looked forward to the Super Bowl ending was 2007. His show Rules of Engagement premiered the next day to what remains its best numbers ever. Six years later, Hertz found himself in a similar position. Rules' seventh — and perhaps final — season premieres Monday (8:30/7:30c, CBS).

"I am shocked we didn't get [the post-Super Bowl slot]," Hertz jokes to "But if this it, then I guess we've come full circle. It's been a long, windy road."

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Or more like bumpy. The well-rated sitcom has lived a topsy-turvy existence, between its schedule-hopping, bubble status and lack of a permanent timeslot. Even its 13-episode Season 7, which will bring the show to 100 episodes, was hard ...

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Comedy From ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Creator Tom Hertz Gets Put Pilot At CBS

Exclusive: His CBS sitcom Rules Of Engagement has been an unsung hero for the network, an utility player the network calls upon when a time slot is in trouble. With the show safely in syndication and possibly heading into its final season on CBS, the network is making sure it is staying in business with Tom Hertz. In a competitive situation, CBS has landed a new relationship multi-camera comedy project from him with a put pilot commitment. Like Rules, its is being produced by Sony Pictures TV and Happy Madison. The untitled project is based on Hertz’s early relationship with his wife and centers on a young couple that meets and moves in together very quickly and then has to navigate their very different ways of looking at life. Hertz is writing and will executive produce with Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson. Hertz’s marriage has already inspired a
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Emmys: ‘Rules Of Engagement’s Tom Hertz On Comedy

Tom Hertz is the creator and showrunner of the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement which will be filming its 100th episode in its upcoming seventh season. Before Rules, Hertz created Married to the Kellys for ABC which was based on his marriage and his wife’s family. Hertz also served as showrunner on Spin City and King of Queens and was on the writing staff of HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show and Dennis Miller Live, for which he won an Emmy Award in 1996. We asked Hertz to give us his thoughts on sitcoms today. Hertz had a better idea: A transcript of his phone conversation with his talent manager. Tom Hertz: (into phone): Hello. Hertz Rep: Hey there. How’s everything going? Th: Fine. You know, just a regular life. Hr: Great. Well, I think I have an opportunity for you. Th: Ugh. Hr: No, this is good.
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Rules of Engagement Boss: We're Happy to Be Back — and to Be the Backup

Every now and then, Rules of Engagement creator Tom Hertz visits the show's message board on Outside of the requisite "Who's hotter?" polls, there are always a dozen or so threads about the same topic.

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"'This is still on?' 'Was it canceled?' 'Is it coming back?' and so on and so forth," he tells "It's usually positive. I mean, if you take the ...

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CBS Greenlights Comedy Pilot Starring Martin Lawrence

Exclusive: In what will likely be the last pilot order this season, CBS has given a late green light to a an untitled multi-camera comedy starring Martin Lawrence. The project, written by Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger and produced by CBS TV Studios, stars Lawrence as a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46. Lisbe and Reger are executive producing with Lawrence’s managers, Michael Green and Sam Maydew from The Collective. Lisbe and Reger are familiar faces at CBS, their most recent gigs were serving as supervising producers on the network’s $#*! My Dad Says and co-executive producers on this season’s How To Be A Gentleman. Nevertheless, the choice of their script as a starring vehicle for Lawrence was a surprise. CBS had commissioned 2 top writers, Tom Hertz and Larry Wilmore,
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Martin Lawrence developing two sitcoms at CBS

Martin Lawrence developing two sitcoms at CBS
CBS is developing two sitcom pilots for comedian Martin Lawrence. It was first reported in August last year that the Big Momma's House star was considering a return to television. The first project, from The Bernie Mac Show creator Larry Wilmore, would see Lawrence play a single man who becomes a foster parent to a group of children, according to TV Guide. The second script has been devised by Rules of Engagement creator Tom Hertz. In it, Bad Boys actor Lawrence would play a family man who clashes with his wealthy in-laws and works to keep his kids grounded. Only one of the projects is (more)
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CBS Develops Two Comedy Projects for Martin Lawrence

CBS is developing a pair of sitcoms for comedian Martin Lawrence, with an eye toward shooting one of them as a pilot.

Bernie Mac creator and The Daily Show contributor Larry Wilmore is behind one of the shows, while the other is from Rules of Engagement creator Tom Hertz and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company.

In the Wilmore script, Lawrence would play a...

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Family Comedy From ‘Rules’ Creator Tom Hertz Comedy Lands At CBS With Put Pilot

Exclusive: On the heels of Rules Of Engagement‘s strong return last night, the series’ creator Tom Hertz has landed a put pilot commitment from CBS for a new multi-camera comedy. The family show, which had multiple networks bidding, marks a reunion of all auspices behind Rules: Hertz as creator/executive producer, CBS as network and Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Happy Madison as production companies. The untitled comedy is a multi-generational show about family, and how people’s childhoods influence the decisions they make and what they seek as adults. The project stems from a three-year overall deal Hertz signed with Sony TV in June with the goal to focus on development. He continues to run Rules in its current sixth season and is also directing episodes of the show, which has been sold in broadcast syndication for a fall 2012 launch. Rules, about 2 couples and their single friend played by David Spade,
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Rules of Engagement Boss: "We're the Stepchild of the Schedule, But We're Always There"

Tom Hertz was waiting for the call, like he usually does.

After CBS pushed his Rules of Engagement's dreaded Saturday premiere one week to Oct. 15 (which was already punted from Sept. 24), he knew it would get called up to the plate for a prime weekday slot soon. How to Be a Gentleman had premiered in the coveted post-Big Bang Theory Thursday berth to weak numbers and didn't seem long for this world (measured against CBS' high standards). "They told us we would not be premiering on the 8th, but instead the 15th, and I figured that meant they were going to give How to Be a Gentleman one more shot airing to see if it went up, and if not, then we would jump in at some point," Hertz tells "But yeah, I didn't believe we would air on the 15th."

CBS moves How to Be a Gentleman
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'Rules Of Engagement' Sold In Broadcast Syndication, Cleared In 45% Of U.S.

Exclusive: A month after Rules of Engagement landed a full-season renewal by CBS, bringing its episode count to 96, the veteran comedy series has been sold in broadcast syndication. Sony Pictures Television has cleared Rules in 45% of the country, including the top three markets, in a series of barter deals with station groups. In New York, Rules has been sold to Tribune's Wpix-tv New York, in Los Angeles to CBS' Kcal-tv and in Chicago to Weigel's Wciu-tv. "The show’s compatibility with The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, combined with its strong, consistent performance on CBS among male viewers, has been a major enticement to local stations,” said Spt's president of U.S. distribution John Weiser. "It’s a win-win for buyers because the show repeats better than any comedy on television." Spt is producing Rules with Happy Madison and CBS TV Studios, with Tom Hertz,
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How 'Rules of Engagement' Creator Tom Hertz Helped CBS Avert Sheen-pocalypse

How 'Rules of Engagement' Creator Tom Hertz Helped CBS Avert Sheen-pocalypse
It’s no surprise CBS came to “Rules of Engagement” show runner Tom Hertz to shoot extra episodes of his relationship comedy when “Two and a Half Men” went into limbo. If “Men” has been one of the most tumultuous shows on television this season, “Engagement” has been one of its most steady. Hertz says he even tries to get the cast and crew home for dinner: "I try to hand CBS the best show we can every week with no drama, no craziness and no blowups," he tells The Writers' Room. Also
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CBS picks up 7 new series, plenty of stars

CBS is loading its big guns for next season. The network picked up series fronted by such stars as James Woods, Stanley Tucci, Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen and Joe Pantoliano and backed by such auspices as David Crane, John Wells and Jon Turteltaub. On the drama side, the network ordered Shark, Jericho, Smith, the untitled Peter Ocko project and Waterfront; The Class and the untitled Tom Hertz project made the comedy cut. Midseason entries The Unit and The New Adventures of Old Christine have been picked up for a second season along with the freshman drama Close to Home.

Goldberg set for 'Criminal' role

Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg is set to guest star on the NBC drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent in a potential recurring role. In pilot casting news, Joey co-star Paulo Costanzo has been tapped as a lead in CBS' untitled Tom Hertz comedy pilot, and Lacey Chabert has joined the cast of the CW comedy pilot She Said/He Said. On "Law & Order: CI," Goldberg will play Chesley Watkins, a foster mother gone bad.

Arc enemy: ABC's 'Legal' retains Posey

Parker Posey has been tapped for a multiple-episode arc on ABC's drama Boston Legal. In pilot-casting news, Chris Johnson has joined the CW comedy pilot "She Said/He Said," Kathleen Rose Perkins has landed a lead role in CBS' untitled Tom Hertz project, Jonathan Sadowski has been cast in CBS' comedy pilot My Ex-Life, and Scoot McNairy has been added to the cast of Fox's comedy pilot More, Patience. In a three-episode stint on David E. Kelley's Boston Legal, Posey will play Marlene Stanger, a recent transfer from another firm. Nicknamed "The Squid" after the only animal in popular mythology that can kill a shark, Stanger is a BlackBerry-carrying politico looking to make partner.

Campos to Fox; Ross departs 'Betty'

Bruno Campos has departed ABC's comedy pilot Southern Comfort and is now set as the lead in Fox's one-hour pilot The Wedding Album, while Charlotte Ross has left ABC's drama pilot Ugly Betty and is in talks to join ABC's comedy pilot Pink Collar. Vanessa L. Williams has been tapped to replace Ross in Betty. Meanwhile, Jason O'Mara has been tapped as the lead in ABC's drama pilot Drift; Megyn Price has landed a lead role in CBS' untitled Tom Hertz comedy pilot; and Bumper Robinson, Stephen Tobolowski and David Anthony Higgins have been cast in ABC's comedy pilot The Guys. Additionally, Kevin Alejandro has joined Fox's drama pilot Faceless, Rachel Perry has joined Fox's drama pilot Beyond, and Sarah Carter has come on board CBS' drama pilot Shark.

Hertz crowned king of CBS' 'Queens'

Tom Hertz has been crowned the new showrunner of veteran CBS comedy "The King of Queens", from Sony Pictures Television and CBS Prods. The Emmy-winning writer-producer, who most recently created and executive produced ABC's short-lived comedy "Married to the Kellys", is taking the reins of the blue-collar sitcom from Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, who are segueing into development as part of their overall deal with Sony. "Going into the seventh season, we want to keep the show as fresh as the day it was born, and we felt Tom, with his background and experience and his humor, brings to it exactly what we need," said Jeanie Bradley, executive vp current programming at Sony Pictures TV.

Comedies are ABC fall calling card

ABC is making good on its promise to have 10 comedies on its primetime schedule in the fall, including the return of a TGIF-themed slate of sitcoms on Friday. The network has ordered four new comedies and four new dramas for the 2003-04 season as it continues its primetime reconstruction effort. ABC entertainment chairman Lloyd Braun and entertainment president Susan Lyne will unveil the revamped schedule to advertisers today in New York. ABC's hottest new comedy is said to be Paramount TV/Touchstone TV/Storyline Entertainment's It's All Relative, an odd-couple vehicle about a woman raised by a gay couple who falls for a guy from an ultra-conservative family. The three other comedies getting on the fall schedule are Touchstone's Hope and Faith, I'm With Her from Warner Bros. TV and Tollin/Robbins Prods. and 20th Century TV/Brad Grey TV's untitled Tom Hertz project about an introverted New Yorker (played by Breckin Meyer) who marries into a large family from Kansas.

ABC has 'Hope'; WB 'Fearless'

ABC has 'Hope'; WB 'Fearless'
ABC was plotting an extensive makeover of its primetime lineup during the weekend, while the WB Network was looking at more modest changes to accommodate an eclectic batch of new series. Both networks will present their 2003-04 lineups to advertisers Tuesday in New York. On the comedy side, ABC has picked up the Faith Ford-Kelly Ripa starrer Hope and Faith, from Touchstone TV and Industry Entertainment; It's All Relative, from Paramount Network TV/Touchstone TV/Storyline Entertainment; The Big House (previously the untitled Kevin Hart project) from 20th Century Fox TV/Imagine TV; and the 20th TV/Brad Grey TV untitled Tom Hertz sitcom for midseason. Sources said ABC was planning to revive its TGIF family-friendly branding initiative for its Friday night lineup, with some new additions anchored by returning comedies George Lopez and Life With Bonnie. There also was talk that the Wonderful World of Disney telefilm showcase would move from the Sunday 7-9 p.m. berth, possibly to Saturday. And at long last the jury has returned on The Practice. David E. Kelley's Emmy-winning drama has been picked up for an eighth season after lengthy negotiations between the network and 20th Century Fox TV. Sources said the deal calls for the network to cut the show's license fee by at least half -- ABC had been paying an estimated $6.5 million per episode -- but the show is guaranteed a return to its old Sunday 10 p.m. time slot after suffering through a disastrous move to Monday 9 p.m. in late January. Also making the cut is the Dick Wolf remake of Dragnet, which inherited Practice's Sunday 10 p.m. slot for its debut but is now believed to be headed to a tougher neighborhood, Saturday 10 p.m.
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