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‘Perfect 10’ Hybrid Comedy From ‘Himym’ Duo & Kapital Entertainment Set At CBS

Craig Gerard and Matthew Zinman, who started their writing careers on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, are returning to the hybrid format with another young ensemble comedy, Perfect 10, which has been set up at CBS with Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment (Life In Pieces, American Housewife) and Warner Bros. TV producing. Written by Gerard and Zinman, Perfect 10 is about a group of former high school classmates who become indispensable parts of each other's lives after…
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LeBron James’ Sports Assistant Comedy Series Lands at CBS

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LeBron James’ Sports Assistant Comedy Series Lands at CBS
LeBron James has sold another TV project, this time a scripted comedy series to CBS that will focus on sports assistants, TheWrap has learned. Currently titled “Thankless,” the series will follow a group of ambitious assistants who pursue their dreams at a sports agency in Chicago. James will executive produce along with his business partner Maverick Carter. Craig Gerard and Matt Zinman will serve as executive producers and writers. James’ SpringHill Entertainment will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television. Also Read: LeBron James' Lifetime Nike Deal Worth More Than $1 Billion James has been making a strong push into
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CBS Buys Sports Agency Comedy Produced By LeBron James

CBS has put in development Thankless, a hybrid comedy from LeBron James & Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment, former How I Met Your Mother writers Craig Gerard and Matt Zinman, and Warner Bros. TV. Co-written/executive produced by Gerard and Zinman, Thankless centers on a group of ambitious assistants who pursue their dreams at a sports agency in Chicago. James and Carter executive produce for SpringHill. Warner Bros. TV is the studio. This is the third sale for…
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CBS Developing Sports Agency Comedy From LeBron James’ Production Company

CBS is producing a sports agency comedy series from LeBron James’ production company SpringHill Entertainment, Variety has learned.

“Thankless” follows a group of ambitious assistants who pursue their dreams at a sports agency in Chicago.

The hybrid comedy hails from writers Craig Gerard and Matt Zinman, who will serve as executive producers, along with James and his business partner Maverick Carter.

Warner Bros. Television, where SpringHill Entertainment is under a deal, is the studio.

“Thanksless” is the latest TV project to come from James. The NBA superstar is an exec producer on “Survivor’s Remorse” at Starz. His SpringHill Entertainment is behind NBC’s upcoming Chris Hardwick-hosted trivia show “The Wall,” and in development at NBC is a comedy series and a drama series, both in contention for the 2017-2018 television season.

Gerard and Zinman are both familiar to CBS, as alums on “How I Met Your Mother.”Last season, the
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‘Good Fortune’: Jessy Hodges To Star, Blake Lee To Co-Star In NBC Pilot

‘Good Fortune’: Jessy Hodges To Star, Blake Lee To Co-Star In NBC Pilot
Jessy Hodges (Hindsight) is set to lead the ensemble cast of NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Good Fortune. Rounding out the core quintet in the project, from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's Le Train Train, is Blake Lee (Mixology, Parks & Recreation). Hodges and Lee join previously cast Tone Bell, Beau Mirchoff and Diane Guerrero. 20th TV is the studio. Written by Matt Zinman & Craig Gerard and directed by Pam Fryman, Good Fortune focuses on June (Hodges), a…
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Tone Bell, Beau Mirchoff & Diane Guerrero To Co-Star In NBC Pilot ‘Good Fortune’

Tone Bell (Truth Be Told), Beau Mirchoff (Awkward) and Diane Guerrero (Orange Is The New Black) are set as co-leads in Good Fortune, NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's Le Train Train and 20th TV. Written by Matt Zinman & Craig Gerard and directed by Pam Fryman, Good Fortune is an ensemble comedy that focuses on June, a hyper-structured young woman who, after a fortune teller predicts she’ll die in 3 days, decides she’s finally going…
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Comedies from Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones Among NBC Pilot Orders

Comedies from Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones Among NBC Pilot Orders
NBC has ordered three comedy pilots, including projects from exec producers Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones, Variety has learned.

An untitled comedy from Poehler and Charlie Grandy follows Karl, who after years of partying that earned him the “black sheep” label, returns home to compete with his brother for the family throne. Grandy (“The Mindy Project,” “The Office”) is writer on the project and will exec produce with Poehler, her producing partner Brooke Posch and Dave Becky of 3 Arts, which is producing the single-camera comedy (formerly titled “Dumb Prince”) with Poehler’s Paper Kite shingle. Universal TV is the studio.

Poehler’s former “Parks and Recreation” co-star Jones is also staying in business with NBC, as she has an exec producer credit on comedy pilot “Good Fortune,” hailing from writer/exec producers Craig Gerard and Matt Zinman (“How I Met Your Mother”). The multi-camera ensemble comedy focuses on a hyper-structured
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NBC Developing Comedy From Rashida Jones & Will McCormack

Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train has set up a comedy project at NBC with writers Matt Zinman & Craig Gerard (How I Met Your Mother). 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. Jones and McCormack launched their TV producing efforts in 2013 with a pod deal at Warner Bros. TV, which yielded a series, NBC’s A to Z, and a pilot, ABC’s Mix. Because of the duo’s commitments outside of the deal — Jones and McCormack have been tapped to write Toy Story 4, and Jones stars…
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How I Met Your Mother Ep 9.03 ‘Last Time In New York’ wastes a lot of time to make a great point

How I Met Your Mother Season 9, Episode 3 ‘Last Time In New York’

Written by Craig Gerard & Matthew Zinman

Directed by Pamela Fryman

Airs Monday nights at 8pm Et on CBS

Like the opening episodes of the season, ‘Last Time In New York’ is at its best when the recurring jokes are put to the side and Ted is sitting at the bar in the hotel lounge. Last week, we watched him watch himself, talking to the Mother about the bitter man wondering when it was going to be his turn – and this week, Lily and Ted share a touching conversation about that bitterness, and how important it is for him to let go.

It’s really a fantastic climatic moment for the episode, succeeding where Mandy Patinkin and old people sex jokes failed with Barney and Robin: in that moment, Ted becomes defined in a way the show had only
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NBC Buys Comedies From Aseem Batra, Craig Gerard & Matt Zinman

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NBC has put in development two single-camera projects from up-and-coming writers. An untitled family comedy from Aseem Batra (Animal Practice), exec produced by Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment and Joe and Anthony Russo, is loosely based on Batra’s life growing up in Georgia. It centers on a single dad who moves his out-of-control family from the chaos of a big city to a quiet but quirky town in the deep south. Universal TV, where Batra is under an overall deal, is producing. Under the pact, Batra, repped by Odenkirk Provissiero and Wme, also is consulting on new NBC comedy series Sean Saves The World. Craig Gerard and Matthew Zinman‘s Season Tickets, from 20th Century Fox TV, centers on a New York transplant who finds family when he joins a section of season ticket holders for the Kansas City Royals. Gerard and Zinman, repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman,
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