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‘Modern Family’ Brings In Jack Burditt & Bill Wrubel As EPs; Chuck Tatham Departs

Modern Family, just renewed for Seasons 9 and 10, is reshuffling its senior writing staff. Sitcom veterans Jack Burditt and Bill Wrubel are joining as executive producers. Meanwhile, executive producer Chuck Tatham will be leaving, along with co-executive producer Andy Gordon and consulting producer Christy Stratton. The tweaks are part of maintaining a long-running series, especially one as creatively demanding as Modern Family. Modern Family’s writing staff underwent…
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Va Hospital Comedy Produced By Jim Parsons Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment

ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Lakeside Va, a single-camera comedy from Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak’s That’s Wonderful Productions and Warner Bros. TV where the company is based. Written and co-executive produced by Shelly Gossman (Raising Hope) with Modern Family alum Bill Wrubel as showrunner under his Wbtv deal, Lakeside Va follows a C+ team of Va hospital employees who are underfunded, understaffed, and stopped overworking themselves to make up for it years…
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ABC Developing Hospital Comedy From Jim Parsons’ Production Company

ABC Developing Hospital Comedy From Jim Parsons’ Production Company
ABC has given a put pilot order to “Lakeside VA,” a comedy hailing from Jim Parsons’ That’s Wonderful Productions and writer Shelly Gossman, Variety has learned.

“Lakeside VA” follows a C+ team of Va hospital employees who are underfunded, understaffed, and stopped overworking themselves to make up for it years ago, until a new hotshot female chief of surgery steps in to turn them into an A team.

The idea is inspired by Gossman’s personal experiences and first-hand accounts from veterans and VA staff across the country. Her father is a Vietnam veteran, and she worked a day job at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in her early twenties.

Gossman will serve as writer and co-exec producer. Bill Wrubel (“Modern Family,” “Will & Grace”) is on board as showrunner and executive producer. Parsons and Todd Spiewak will serve as EPs, and Eric Norsoph is a producer, overseeing the project for That’s Wonderful Productions.

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‘MasterChef Junior’ Winner Addison Osta Smith, ‘Nurse Jackie’s Betty Gilpin Cast in ‘Dream Team’ ABC Pilot

Addison Osta Smith, the youngest and first female winner of cooking competition series MasterChef Junior, has been cast opposite Justin Long in Dream Team, ABC’s single-camera half-hour from comedy writers Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel, and Warner Bros TV. Betty Gilpin (Dr. Carrie Roman in Nurse Jackie) also joins the cast, playing the role of Robin. Written/executive produced by Lizer and Wrubel, Dream Team centers on Marty Schumacher (Long). Recently divorced, Marty is the…
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Wynn Everett Joins ABC’s ‘Dream Team’ Pilot; Aimee Teegarden In ‘Notorious’

The Newsroom alumna Wynn Everett has been cast as a series regular in ABC’s Dream Team comedy pilot from Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel. It centers on Marty Schumacher, who coached his last Club soccer team for ten years, ultimately taking them to the National Championships. He now has to start from scratch with a diverse group of eight-year-olds, and their disparate parents. The project draws on personal experiences by Lizer, who — like so many others — is a soccer mom on…
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TV News Roundup: Justin Long & Niecy Nash Book Comedy Pilots; First Look at ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

TV News Roundup: Justin Long & Niecy Nash Book Comedy Pilots; First Look at ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’
Pilot season casting continues, as Justin Long and Niecy Nash both land lead roles in comedy projects. Meanwhile, Gigi Hadid and more guest judges have been tapped for Season 8 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” in today’s TV news roundup . . .

Casting News:

Justin Long will star in ABC’s soccer comedy pilot “Dream Team.” He will play Marty Schumacher, the eternally optimistic manager of a sporting goods store and the head coach of a nationally ranked soccer program. The potential series centers around his character, who coached his last club soccer team for 10 years, ultimately taking them to the national championships. Now, he has to start from scratch with a diverse group of 8-year-olds and their disparate parents.

“Dream Team” will also star Michael Mosely, Lindsey Kraft and Michelle Buteau. The sports comedy hails from “Will & Grace” alums Bill Wrubel and Kari Lizer.

Niecy Nash will co-star in Fox’s
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Justin Long To Topline ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Dream Team’

Justin Long is set as the lead in Dream Team, ABC's single-camera half-hour from comedy writers Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel, and Warner Bros. TV. Written/executive produced by Lizer and Wrubel, Dream Team centers on Marty Schumacher (Long). Recently divorced, Marty is the eternally optimistic manager of a sporting goods store and also the "damn good" head coach of a nationally ranked soccer program — the one true love in his life. Currently recruiting young girls for his…
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ABC’s Soccer Pilot ‘Dream Team’ Casts Three Series Regulars

ABC’s Soccer Pilot ‘Dream Team’ Casts Three Series Regulars
ABC’s comedy soccer pilot “Dream Team” has cast three series regulars, Variety has learned.

Michael Mosley, who previously starred in USA Network’s “Sirens,” will play Rick Johnson. Although he doesn’t consider girls’ soccer a “real sport,” Rick — who is often clueless as to why things he says rub people the wrong way — is completely on board with getting his daughter, Tiffnee, onto a top-notch soccer team.

Lindsey Kraft (“Getting On”) has been cast as Michaela. Artsy, with a gentle soul, Michaela is married to Leslie (a competitive Ob-gyn with a passion for sports) and is horrified by the idea of being a soccer mom, knowing full well most of the heavy lifting will fall to her; you’ll find her on the soccer field with a bottle of merlot and the latest e-book, wishing Miley was instead enrolled in ballet.

Enlisted” alum Michelle Buteau will play Olga
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‘Dream Team’ ABC Pilot Casts Michael Mosley, Lindsey Kraft & Michelle Buteau

Michael Mosley (Sirens), Lindsey Kraft (Getting On) and Michelle Buteau (Key & Peele) are set as series regulars on Dream Team, ABC’s single-camera half-hour from comedy writers Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel, and Warner Horizon TV. Written/executive produced by Lizer and Wrubel, Dream Team centers on Marty Schumacher, who coached his last Club soccer team for ten years, ultimately taking them to the National Championships. He now has to start from scratch with a diverse…
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ABC Orders Drama Pilots from Kevin Williamson, Reese Witherspoon, ‘Agent Carter’ Bosses

ABC has given pilot orders to four dramas from executive producers including Kevin Williamson, “Agent Carter” showrunners Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, and Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon & Bruna Papandrea, Variety has learned.

“Spark,” written and executive produced by Michael Cooney, hails from ABC Studios. Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, this genre soap centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires. Ian Sander and Kim Moses also executive produce.

Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea are executive producing an untitled drama written by Meaghan Oppenheimer, in which a ruthless Dallas divorce attorney’s life begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces, triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets. The project also hails from ABC Studios.

“The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez,” described as “MacBeth with a Cuban twist,
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Dream Team: ABC Orders Soccer Family Comedy From Will & Grace Producers

ABC is kicking it, old school. The network has ordered a new TV show pilot, Dream Team, written and executive produced by Will & Grace's Bill Wrubel and Kari Lizer. Lizer created The New Adventures of Old Christine, which was cancelled by CBS after five seasons.

Wrubel worked on Ugly Betty, which was cancelled by ABC after its fourth season. He has also executive produced and co-executive produced ABC's hit sitcom, Modern Family.

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ABC Picks Up Soccer Comedy Pilot ‘Dream Team’ from ‘Will & Grace’ Producers

ABC is getting in the game, ordering a soccer-themed comedy pilot from “Will & Grace” alums Bill Wrubel and Kari Lizer, Variety has learned.

“Dream Team,” written and exec produced by Wrubel and Lizer, centers around Marty Schumacher who coached his last club soccer team for ten years, ultimately taking them to the national championships — and now, he has to start from scratch with a diverse group of eight-year-olds and their disparate parents.

The single-camera, half hour comedy landed a hefty pilot production commitment during the development cycle, making the hot project nearly a sure thing. Hailing from Lizer’s Logo Here shingle and Wrubel’s Here Comes Scrappy banner, “Dream Team” hails from Warner Bros. TV where both creators are under deals.

The project reunites Wrubel and Lizer, who were both writer/producers on “Will & Grace” with Wrubel rising the ranks on the NBC sitcom to exec producer and Lizer to co-exec producer.
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Kari Lizer & Bill Wrubel Soccer Comedy ‘Dream Team’ Gets ABC Pilot Order

ABC has given the green light to Dream Team, a single-camera half-hour from top comedy writers Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel. The project, which had a pilot production commitment, hails from Warner Bros TV, where both Lizer and Wrubel are under deals, and reunites the duo a decade after working together on Will & Grace. Written/executive produced by Lizer and Wrubel, Dream Team centers on Marty Schumacher, who coached his last Club soccer team for ten years, ultimately…
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‘Talk Nerdy To Me’ Blog-Inspired Comedy From Jerry Bruckheimer TV Gets CBS Production Commitment

In a competitive situation, Talk Nerdy To Me, a multi-camera comedy from 2 Broke Girls writer-producer Morgan Murphy and former Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel, has landed at CBS with a pilot production commitment. Jerry Bruckheimer TV, which has been looking to expand into half-hour comedy series, is producing with Warner Bros TV, where the company is based. Written by writer-comedian Murphy, the project is inspired by the blog Talk Nerdy to Me, Lover…
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Kari Lizer's Girls' Soccer Comedy 'Dream Team' Sold to ABC

TV comedy vets Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel have received a pilot production commitment from ABC for their new single-cam series set in the world of girls' soccer.  Written and Ep'd by Lizer and Wrubel, "Dream Team" will center on an intense coach named Marty Schumacher with a long list of wins. A pretty great mentor but a Hall of Famer in his own mind, Marty is followed by a documentary crew as he forms a new team -- drawn from girls of diverse families -- that he intends to take to the top. The show is based on Lizer's experiences as a soccer mom on the weekends.  Produced in part by Warner Bros. TV, "Dream Team" is being discussed as a companion to the ABC's long-running "Modern Family."  [via Deadline]

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Soccer Parents Comedy From Kari Lizer & Bill Wrubel Lands Big Commitment At ABC

In a very competitive situation, ABC has nabbed Dream Team, a half-hour project from top comedy writers Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel, reuniting a decade after working together on Will & Grace. The single-camera comedy from Warner Bros TV, where both Lizer and Wrubel are under deals, has received a pilot production commitment. Written/executive produced by Lizer and Wrubel, Dream Team centers on Coach Marty Schumacher, who knows how to win in the world of girls’ club soccer…
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Pilots: About a Boy's Minnie Driver Lands Female Lead on CBS' Happy Life

Pilots: About a Boy's Minnie Driver Lands Female Lead on CBS' Happy Life
Minnie Driver has landed the female lead on the CBS comedy pilot Happy Life (fka Joe Time).

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Penned by Bill Wrubel (Modern Family), the project follows a family man (Wings‘ Steven Weber) who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives more than he is.

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Driver will play Weber’s TV wife. The role is technically “second position” to her About a Boy commitment,
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Minnie Driver Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Happy Life’

About A Boy star Minnie Driver is set as the female lead opposite Steven Weber in Happy Life, CBS' multi-camera comedy pilot from former Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel and Warner Bros TV. Driver has been cast as a guest star in the pilot as she is in second position to her sophomore NBC comedy series About A Boy, which is heavily on the bubble, with its renewal chances considered slim. Happy Life has a series regular option on Driver should the pilot go to…
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Steven Weber to Star in CBS Comedy ‘Joe Time’

Steven Weber to Star in CBS Comedy ‘Joe Time’
“Wings” alum Steven Weber has been cast as the title character in the CBS comedy pilot “Joe Time.”

Weber will star as a family man who’s put aside his own desires so his loved ones can follow their own bliss — but he struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives more than he is.

Also cast are Duane Martin and Eric Peterson. Martin will play Theodore, Joe’s successful music-producer neighbor, and Peterson will play Scott, Joe’s gay brother, who works with him in the family construction business.

The multicamera project comes from exec producer-writer Bill Wrubel and will be directed by sitcom vet James Burrows. Warner Bros. Television will produce.

Weber most recently appeared in a major role on ABC Family’s “Chasing Life” and had guest gigs on “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “NCIS: New Orleans.
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Steven Weber To Topline CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Joe Time’

After a string of hourlong series, Wings star Steven Weber is returning to his multi-camera comedy roots with a starring role in Joe Time, CBS’ multi-cam comedy pilot from Warner Bros. TV and former Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel. Directed by veteran James Burrows, who also helmed the Wings pilot 25 years ago, Joe Time centers on Joe (Weber), a family man who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives…
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