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Tia Mowry Comedy ‘Instant Mom’ Picked Up To Series To Air On NickMom & Nick At Nite

Nick at Nite comedy pilot Instant Mom (working title) has been picked up to series with a 13-episode order. But in a twist, the multi-camera comedy starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict will have its premiere airings on NickMom, marking the first scripted series for the primetime TV block. It will then repeat on Nick at Nite. Instant Mom was created by Warren Bell and Jessica Butler. Bell will not be involved with the series, with Howard Gould (The Jeff Foxworthy Show) coming on board as executive producer/showrunner. Instant Mom hails from executive producer Aaron Kaplan. It marks Kaplan’s second Nick pilot, along with Wendell & Vinnie, both of whom have gone to series. (Both are directed by John Fortenberry.) Instant Mom follows young party girl Stephanie (Mowry-Hardrict) who trades in cosmos for carpools when she marries an older man, Charlie (Michael Boatman), with three kids. Stephanie slowly grows into her role
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TV News: Michael Boatman Replacing Duane Martin On ‘Instant Mom’ + Ashanti Joins 'Army Wives'

First, Michael Boatman will replace Duane Martin, who was initially cast to star alongside Sheryl Lee Ralph and Tia Mowry in the Nick at Nite family comedy pilot Instant Mom. Creadted by Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, and written by Warren Bell and Jessica Butler, Instant Mom (which is based on the real lives of Bell and Butler) centers on: ... a 25-year-old party girl (Mowry) who trades in Cosmos for carpools when she marries an older man with kids. Boatman will play the character Martin was initially assigned to play - the older gentlemen with kids; Sheryl Lee Ralph will play Mowry's mother, and...
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Michael Boatman Replaces Duane Martin In Nick At Nite Comedy Pilot ‘Instant Mom’

Exclusive: I’ve learned that Michael Boatman is set to co-star opposite Tia Mowry in the Nick at Nite family comedy pilot Instant Mom. Boatman replaces Duane Martin who was originally cast in the role. The recasting decision was made after today’s table read. Written by Warren Bell and Jessica Butler loosely based on their real life, Instant Mom centers on a 25-year-old party girl (Mowry) who trades in cosmos for carpools when she marries successful doctor Charlie (Boatman), an older man with kids. Bell, Butler and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment executive produce. Spin City alum Boatman, repped by Innovative and managed by Sanders/Armstrong/Caserta, recently recurred on CBS’ The Good Wife and FX’s Anger Management.
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Duane Martin, Sheryl Lee Ralph Join Tia Mowry In Nick At Nite Family Comedy Pilot 'Instant Mom'

Duane Martin and Sheryl Lee Ralph have joined Tia Mowry in the Nick at Nite family comedy pilot Instant Mom. It was roughly 2 months (in July) after it was announced that Mowry would not be returning to Bet's hit scripted series The Game next season, that Nickelodeon snatched her up for its nighttime cable network (which targets adult viewers), to star in the new scripted family comedy sitcom. Creadted by Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, and written by Warren Bell and Jessica Butler, Instant Mom (which is based on the real lives of Bell and Butler) centers on: ... a 25-year-old party...
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Duane Martin Cast In Nick Pilot ‘Instant Mom’, Natalie Morales In ABC’s ‘Trophy Wife’

Duane Martin (All Of Us) and Moesha alumna Sheryl Lee Ralph are set to co-star opposite Tia Mowry in the Nick at Nite family comedy pilot Instant Mom. Youngsters Sydney Park, Tylen Williams and Damarr Calhoun round out the cast of the project, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Written by Warren Bell and Jessica Butler loosely based on their real life, Instant Mom centers on a 25-year-old party girl (Mowry) who trades in cosmos for carpools when she marries Charlie (Martin), an older man with kids, Gabrielle (Park), James (Williams) and Aaron (Damarr). Ralph plays Tia’s mother Maggie. Bell, Butler and Kaplan executive produce. Natalie Morales (Parks & Recreation) has joined the cast of ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Trophy Wife. It centers on reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman), who finds herself with an insta-family when she falls in love with Brad (Bradley Whitford), a successful charmer with
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Tia Mowry Heading To Nick At Nite To Star In New Scripted Series 'Instant Mom'

That certainly didn't take long. Roughly 2 months after it was announced that Tia Mowry would not be returning to Bet's hit scripted series The Game next season, Nickelodeon has snatched her up for its nighttime cable network Nick at Nite (which targets adult viewers), to star in a new scripted family comedy sitcom called Instant Mom. Creadted by Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, and written by Warren Bell and Jessica Butler, Instant Mom (which is based on the real lives of Bell and Butler) centers on: ... a 25-year-old party girl (Mowry) who trades in Cosmos for carpools when she marries an older man with kids. The plan...
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Nickelodeon Orders Three Pilots Including Nick At Nite Family Comedy With Tia Mowry

Exclusive: Nickelodeon has ordered three multi-camera comedy pilots. Family comedy Instant Mom, which has Tia Mowry in negotiations to star, is for nighttime channel Nick at Nite that targets adult/adolescent viewers, while the superhero-themed The Thundermans and supernatural The Haunted Hathaways are for the daytime children’s channel. Instant Mom, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, was written by Warren Bell and Jessica Butler loosely based on their real life. It centers on a 25-year-old party girl (Mowry) who trades in cosmos for carpools when she marries an older man with kids. Bell, Butler and Kaplan executive produce the project, which intends to cast an all-black family. This marks Kaplan’s second pilot for Nick at Nite along with Wendell & Vinnie starring Jerry Trainor; it is 3-year-old Kapital Entertainment’s 15th pilot. For Mowry — who toplines with her twin sister the Style reality series Tia & Tamera – this marks a return to scripted comedy.
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Getting Your Pilot Off the Ground

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Pilot season draws a lot of attention, but the process starts with pitching season. As Caitlin Foito, director of programming at Fox Television Studios, describes it, "Basically after upfronts, everyone starts getting in a position to hear pitches. Then right after pitch season is over, it becomes development season, and then around the holidays, all the scripts are coming in." Although cable networks don't have the same development cycle, they still "buy several scripts at a time and then typically look at them all together," says Warren Bell ("According to Jim"), who with his writing partner, Jessica Butler ("In Plain Sight"/Hollywood University), sold their pitch to Nickelodeon.Doing Your HomeworkThe process of pitching a TV pilot for writers is like the audition process for actors, so it's important to prepare for the meeting. Foito says writers should be aware of the marketplace before they go pitch—and that means knowing what's going.
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