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Former Blood & Oil star Rebecca Rittenhouse has been cast as the female lead in Real Life, CBS’ half-hour hybrid comedy pilot written/executive produced by Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston and executive produced by How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Written by Winston and directed by Pam Fryman, Real Life chronicles the relationship of two 20-somethings, Nora (Rittenhouse) and Drew, who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in… »
Chazz Palminteri has booked a series regular role opposite Chris Distefano and Annie Potts in Distefano, CBS' comedy pilot from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and Sony TV. Inspired by the comedy of Distefano, the project centers on Izzy (Diane Guerrero) and Chris, two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families – one Colombian American, one Italian. Palminteri will play Tony, Chris’ (Distefano) dad, a… »
Peak TV has amped up the competition among networks for the past few pilot cycles. But this year, the growing number of television shows on all platforms and the lack of cancellations at the broadcast networks have compelled broadcasters to focus on quality instead of quantity: The Big Four have ordered nearly 20 fewer pilots this season than last.
Broadcasters seem to be playing it safe when it comes to auspices — the majority of projects hail from A-list producers and writers — but the nets are taking bigger swings when it comes to ideas, as only a handful of reboots and spinoffs are among the series in contention for 2017-2018. The networks also appear to be taking note of the country’s divisive climate with a slew of military-centric pilots.
Here’s our review of the strategies of each of the major networks this season:
ABC Dramas: 11, comedies: 11
The first pilot order for the Alphabet, which »
- Daniel Holloway and Elizabeth Wagmeister
Updated: Orange Is the New Black alumna Diane Guerrero is set as the female lead opposite Chris Distefano in Distefano, CBS' comedy pilot from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and Sony TV. Inspired by the comedy of Distefano — an Italian American from Brooklyn and a new dad who married a Puerto Rican woman — Distefano centers on Izzy (Guerrero) and Chris (Distefano), two twentysomethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling… »
Veteran Annie Potts has been tapped to co-star opposite Chris Distefano in Distefano, CBS’ comedy pilot from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and Sony TV. Inspired by the comedy of Distefano, an Italian American from Brooklyn and a new dad who married a Puerto Rican woman, Distefano centers on Izzy and Chris (Distefano), two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families – one Puerto Rican, one Italian. Potts will… »
CBS has added another comedy pilot to its pickups on Tuesday. “Living Biblically” has officially been ordered to production at the Eye, Variety has learned.
The half-hour multicam will center on a young man who comes to a crossroads in his life and decides to live according to the Bible — i.e. no shellfish, no cotton-poly blends (fabric mixing). Based on the bestselling book by A.J. Jacobs, “2 Broke Girls” scribe Patrick Walsh wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer. “The Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki will also exec produce, alongside Spencer Medof and Andrew Haas.
This is CBS’ second pilot pickup of the day. Earlier, the network ordered “Distefano” from comedian Chris Distefano and “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas; the two are also behind the redeveloped “Real Life” at the network with writer »
- Oriana Schwindt
CBS has ordered another comedy pilot from “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, TheWrap has learned. Titled “Distefano,” the half-hour multi-camera/hybrid sitcom is based on the comedy of Chris Distefano, who will co-executive produce and serve as story co-writer on the pilot. It centers on two 20-somethings who are raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families — one Puerto Rican, one Italian. Bays and Thomas will co-write the pilot and executive produce alongside Brian Bockrath. Pamela Fryman will executive produce and direct. The pilot hails from Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios. »
- Reid Nakamura
The last remaining broadcast script with a big production commitment has gotten a pilot green light. CBS has picked up Distefano, a comedy about an Italian-Puerto Rican family starring comedian Chris Distefano, from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and Sony TV. The pilot, in the multi-camera/hybrid style of How I Met Your Mother, will be directed by Himym director/executive producer Pam Fryman. This is one of three comedy pilots the veteran… »
CBS is getting the “How I Met Your Mother” team back together for yet another pilot, Variety has learned.
The project, formerly known as just “Untitled Bays & Thomas,” has been christened “Distefano.” The pilot centers around new 20-something parents Izzy and Chris, who have to juggle taking care of a newborn with merging their meddling families — one Puerto Rican, one Italian.
The half-hour multicam/hybrid is based on the comedy of Chris Distefano, who will co-executive produce and gets a story co-writing credit. “Himym” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will serve as executive producers, while longtime directing partner Pamela Fryman will shoot the pilot and serve as an exec producer as well. “Distefano” is produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios.
This is CBS’ second pilot for the 2017 season with Bays and Thomas; the two are also behind the redeveloped “Real Life” with writer Hilary Winston. On »
- Oriana Schwindt
The network has handed out a pilot pickup for Distefano, a comedy starring Chris Distefano that is written by Bays and Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The multicamera/hybrid comedy, which landed at CBS in August with a hefty pilot-production commitment, is inspired by the comedy of Distefano and centers on Izzy and Chris, two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families — one Puerto Rican, one Italian.
Bays and »
- Lesley Goldberg
Craig Thomas Feb 8, 2017
Ever wanted to see Drew Barrymore devour human flesh? Well if so, then this is the show for you!
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Sheila Hammond (Barrymore) and her husband Joel (played by Timothy Olyphant), are just a pair of standard suburban real estate agents. They live a standard suburban life in a standard suburban home, with their standard suburban 16 year old daughter Abby (played by Liv Hewson).
Then, one day, for no discernible reason, whilst the couple are showing a house, Sheila exorcises a Herculean amount of vomit, a small red organ-type thing, and dies. But then, »
CBS has given a pilot order to “Brothered Up,” a multiracial cop multi-cam, Variety has learned.
The pilot, from “Man With a Plan” co-exec producer Mark Gross, centers around to Detroit cops: an emotionally guarded African American, and an emotionally available Pakistani. The opposites have to find a way to connect as they patrol their Detroit neighborhood. Gross, who also co-exec produced on “Mike & Molly,” will serve as writer and exec producer.
“Brothered Up” is produced by CBS Television Studios.
CBS has ordered drama pilots for a Mexican-American family cop drama from the creator of “Bull;” a Navy Seal project; “Dr. Death,” starring Alan Cumming; “Perfect Citizen” from “The Good Wife” alum Craig Turk; “The Get,” about internet journalists pursue and expose stories of injustice using unique investigative skills; and Nasa series “Mission Control.”
On the comedy side, in addition to “Brothered Up, the network has picked up a re-developed pilot from last season, “Real »
- Oriana Schwindt
Craig Thomas Feb 3, 2017
Heard of the show Designated Survivor? It might just quench your thirst (whether you knew you had it or not) for a new thriller to follow.
The basics are this. Straight-talking, politically unambitious, and honest, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkland (played by Kiefer Sutherland), finds himself on the brink of being fired. As such, he is appointed the 'Designated Survivor' for the State of the Union Address. This basically involves being locked in a safe-room far away, whilst the rest of the government convenes on Capitol Hill.
Fortunately for him, this is the best-timed firing in history, and as a result of an attack, he is the only member of the government to survive. Therefore, being next in the line of succession he becomes, »
‘Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices’ is described as centering on a woman who has made some interesting choices throughout her life – namely, having three different kids with three different men – but all have led her to having a very unique, loving, blended family.
In addition to Tarses, the pilot is executive produced by Aaron Kaplan, former CBS executive Wendi Trilling, Dana Honor, and Fiona Clark. ABC on Wednesday picked up another comedy from Kaplan, “Charlie Foxtrot,” produced by ABC Studios.
“Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices” is the fourth comedy pilot ordered this season by CBS, joining “Real Life” from “How I Met Your Mother” writer Hilary Winston and executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas; “9J, 9K, 9L,” starring Mark Feuerstein; and “Me, Myself and I” from Dan Kopelman and the prolific Aaron Kaplan.
- Daniel Holloway
“How I Met Your Mother” writer Hilary Winston and creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are back at CBS with a new pilot order for comedy “Real Life.” The sitcom, based on the web series “7p/10e,” by Avital Ash, was originally ordered to pilot by CBS last season, but will be redeveloped for this cycle. The story follows the relationship between two 20-somethings who go from working on opposite coasts to the same office. Winston is writing and executive producing, with Bays and Thomas acting as EPs. Also Read: Get First Peek at 'Star Trek: Discovery' (Video) “Real Time” will be competing for slots. »
- Linda Ge
CBS has given a pilot order to Real Life, a half-hour hybrid comedy written/executive produced by Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston and executive produced by How I Met Your Mother's Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Sony TV, where Winston as well as Bays and Thomas are under overall deals, is the studio, co-producing with CBS TV Studios. The project stems from last year’s CBS pilot My Time/Your Time from the same team, which was based on the web series 7P/10E. The hybrid… »
Originally based on a web series from Avital Ash, the project had been ordered to pilot last season, but redeveloped for this year. The hybrid comedy chronicles the relationship of two 20-somethings who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in the same office. Sony Pictures Television will produce in association with CBS Television Studios. Winston will serve as writer and executive producer alongside exec producers Bays and Thomas.
Winston had previously created the short-lived TV adaptation of the “Bad Teacher” film for CBS, with Ari Graynor in the lead role. This development season, Bays and Thomas also landed another comedy project at CBS with writer Chris Distefano. The family sitcom landed an initial hefty pilot production commitment — however, it still has yet to receive a formal pilot »
- Oriana Schwindt and Elizabeth Wagmeister
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Written by Hilary Winston (Community, My Name Is Earl) and titled Real Life, the prospective series chronicles the relationship of two twentysomethings — one man, one woman — who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in the same office.
The creators of How I Met Your Mother are back at CBS.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the network has picked up hybrid comedy Real Life to pilot. The project, written by Hilary Winston (Marry Me, Bad Teacher, Happy Endings, Community, My Name Is Earl), went to pilot last season as My Time/Your Time.
Himym's Bays and Thomas will exec produce the comedy via their Sony Pictures Television »
- Lesley Goldberg
How I Met Your Mother may finally get that CBS spinoff. Deadline reports the network is interested in the new series project How I Met Your Father.Last month, we reported This Is Us writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger are developing a new spinoff to the long-running CBS sitcom, which ended in 2014. A previous attempt, How I Met Your Dad, was written by series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas but it never made it past the pilot stage.Read More… »
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