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TV Land Orders Two New Comedy Pilots
TV Land is looking to add more sitcoms to its original programming lineup. They’ve ordered two comedy pilots, both of them cast-contingent. One of them, from Ugly Betty and The Office’s Ben Silverman, will be TV Land’s first single-camera comedy if it makes it to the series stage. The second is another multi-camera comedy from Whitney’s Scott Stuber.
With the success of their current original programming, which includes Hot in Cleveland and newly renewed Happily Divorced, TV Land has become more than a re-run network, and they’re looking to continue down that road. They’ve already got a spin-off of Cleveland called The Soul Man starring Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash set to premiere next month to (hopefully) add to their other successes.
The first new project, from Ben Silverman, is I’m Not Dead Yet, which is based on an Israeli format. It’s about a man whose fatal heart condition makes him decide to stop wasting time and pulling punches, and sets out to live his dreams and speak his mind. Frasier writer Jon Sherman is handling the script on this one, with Silverman and Jimmy Fox co-executive producing.
Brothers-in-Law focuses on two men who have nothing in common being forced into an unlikely friendship by the twin sisters they’re involved with – one couple is married, one is engaged. Bill Martin and Mike Schiff of 3rd Rock From the Sun are writing and executive producing as well as acting as showrunners, alongside Scott Stuber.
There’s plenty of talent behind these two already; now we’ll just have to see what they do in casting to see what potential the new pilots might have.
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