7 items from 2015
Last week, in the wake of Eddie Huang's complaints that he felt ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" was distorting and softening his childhood experiences, this column examined how hard it is for any biographical or autobiographical sitcom to be true to the life of its source and still be a crowd-pleasing primetime network entertainment. You'd think, after decades of trying, TV writers and network programming executives would be aware of this.
Nonetheless, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the networks have no fewer than ten such sitcom pilots in production, as the first episodes of potential 2015-16 primetime series. Some are based on the lives of already famous entertainers, some on the self-referential stand-up comedy routines of not-quite-famous comics, and some on memoirsts who've lived interesting lives.
Here's a rundown of these pilots, with a look at who these shows are about, who's starring in them, what the series might be like, »
- Gary Susman
Ernie Hudson is set for a recurring role in ABC's multi-camera comedy pilot Delores & Jermaine. Written by comedian Jermaine Fowler based on his life, it stars Fowler as a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, who moves in with his estranged grandmother (Whoopi Goldberg), a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting. Hudson will play the grandmother’s love interest. The… »
Whoopi Goldberg will co-star in ABC’s comedy pilot “Delores & Jermaine,” Variety has confirmed.
The casting of Goldberg in the sitcom comes at a time of major behind-the-scenes changes on the net’s daytime talk show “The View,” where she has served as moderator since 2007 and is still under contract for another year.
If the pilot is ordered to series, Variety has learned that Goldberg will continue her duties on both ABC shows. “Delores & Jermaine” will film in New York City, where the comedienne lives and already works on “The View.”
The multicamera comedy, based on the life of comedian Jermaine Fowler, follows a millennial (Fowler) who moves in with his strict estranged grandmother (Goldberg), a football-loving former cop who needs her grandson’s youthful enthusiasm just as much as he needs her parenting.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Whoopi Goldberg has lined up a second TV gig to compliment her day job.
The View co-host will star in ABC’s comedy pilot Delores & Jermaine, our sister site Deadline reports.
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The multi-cam project — based on the real-life experiences of comedian Jermaine Fowler — follows a millennial (played by Fowler) with big ideas, but very little drive. He moves in with his estranged grandmother (Goldberg), a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting. »
Whoopi Goldberg is making her return to scripted TV. The View co-host has been tapped to star in ABC's comedy pilot Delores & Jermaine, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on the life of Jermaine Fowler, the show will star the comedian as a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, who moves in with his estranged grandmother — a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting. Read more TV Pilots 2015: The Complete Guide Following prolonged negotiations, Goldberg will play
- Lesley Goldberg
ABC on Friday night ordered a whopping seven comedy pilots, including the real-life story of a young Johnny Knoxville, an NBA rookie with translation issues and three couples who (shockingly) are staying married in America.
The projects are as follows:
Untitled Johnny Knoxville Pilot | Courtesy of narration from the man himself, Johnny Knoxville recalls life growing up in the “outlaw culture” of Knoxville, Tenn., and how it shaped him into one of the most notorious pranksters of our time. Written by Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted).
Delores & Jermaine | Based on comedian Jermaine Fowler’s real-life experience, this comedy finds lazy-yet-inventive »
ABC has picked up seven comedy pilots, including an untitled Johnny Knoxville project.
Hailing from ABC Studios, the family comedy based on Knoxville’s life will follow a 12-year-old Johnny in his hometown of Knoxville, Tenn.; The series, which Knoxville will narrate, will expose the childhood experiences that inspired him to become the prankster that he is today. Knoxville will also exec produce with Michael Rotenberg and Dave Becky of 3 Arts. Comedy vet Victor Fresco wrote the pilot and is exec producing.
The net also ordered a pilot for multicamera comedy “Delores & Jermaine,” based on the life of comedian Jermaine Fowler. Fowler stars as a millennial who moves in with his strict estranged grandmother, a football-loving former cop who needs Jermaine’s youthful enthusiasm just as much as he needs her parenting. Rotenberg (3 Arts) will also produce this laffer through ABC Studios, along with Fowler, Danny Chun and Avi Gilbert. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
7 items from 2015
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