Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are hoping to get back into the TV business and they are doing so through a pretty high profile comedy called More Time with Family. After an intense bidding war between the networks, the comedy project has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment. Additionally, comedian Tom Papa is already attached to the project to star.
More Time with Family is described as a combo of Papa’s career stories and Damon’s life experiences. With that in mind, the story makes sense. The series will follow Papa as a man who is used to spending his time working on the road. However, he decides to spend more time at home with his family, and he switches jobs to be able to do so. However, once he gets home, he realizes his family might not be so happy to have him around all the time. The comedy will be multi-camera.
Deadline first reported the news, noting that it has been a chain of events to get the idea for More Time with Family together. Apparently, Papa and Damon have worked together on a couple of occasions in the past, first on The Informant and more recently on Behind the Candelabra. The two got to talking, and the idea was formed. However, an idea is only an idea until a production company gets involved, which is where Affleck came in. Affleck’s Pearl Street films is working to become a bigger name in television and More Time with Family seemed like a good fit. Damon and Affleck have worked together on TV projects in the past, including Project Greenlight. They also wrote a little movie called Good Will Hunting that won them an Oscar and launched their careers. You may have heard of it.
Damon, Affleck, and Papa are all taking an executive producing credit, alongside Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman. Additionally, after meeting with writers, Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith signed on to write the script for the project, and they’ll nab an executive producing credit for their work, as well.
Just a few weeks ago, Ben Affleck’s production company sold a period drama to Fox called The Middle Men. That project will follow an FBI agent and an Irish-American gangster who are working together to take down the Italian-American mob. A pilot has also been ordered for that project and Affleck is signed on to direct.
More Time with Family doesn’t sound like it will have much in common with The Middle Men. Regardless, it’s looking more and more likely that Affleck will have a TV project on the air next season, which seems like the next logical step since he’s spent the past few years giving the world brilliant movie projects. We’ll keep you posted as these projects work their way through development.