Friday, October 5, 2012

Second City Alums Take Over Your Television

Congratulations to all of our alums that have booked deals in the past couple of weeks! Here's a sampling of some of the shows you'll see:

Tami Sagher with Kourtney Kang just went to CBS with a pilot production commitment for a single-camera comedy. Titled "Nerds In Love," the project, from 20th Century Fox TV, is based on the unlikely real-life friendship of "How I Met Your Mother" writers Kang (former cheerleader) and Sagher (former mathlete). It explores the dating lives of the social haves and have-nots at a marketing firm. "It lies somewhere between '2 Broke Girls' and 'The Big Bang Theory',” said Winer, who is executive producing and will direct the potential pilot. Tami Sagher will write the script and executive produce.

Brian Gallivan (currently a staff writer for "Happy Endings") has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment with an untitled single-camera family comedy. The project is being produced by "Happy Endings'" Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Olive Bridge Entertainment. Loosely inspired by Gallivan's life, the big family comedy revolves around an Irish-Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family.

Stephnie Weir's "Leisure Club," from Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Original Films, has received a script commitment with a sizable penalty from the network. It revolves around a group of younger Baby Boomers living in a 55+ retirement community who revert back to the archetypes they were in high school. Weir will executive produce with Original's Neil Moritz and Vivian Cannon. Weir's manager Meghan Schumacher will also produce. The project stems from the last of several blind script deals Weir had at Sony TV. The previous two resulted in two comedy pilot orders at ABC, for the Debra Messing starrer "Wright vs. Wrong" in 2010 and "Counter Culture" this past season. Weir is with UTA and attorney David Fox.

Peter Murrieta's comedy is a multi-generational family show based on his own family – juxtaposing the immigrant generation, the assimilation generation and the modern one. This is an area Murrieta first mined in his maiden series as a creator, the WB's "Greetings From Tucson." He is executive producing the NBC project with 3 Arts. CAA-repped Murrieta served as showrunner on the first three seasons of Disney Channel's "Wizards Of Waverly Place," helping the comedy achieve ratings success and land the first best series Emmy Award for the network.

Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Prods. has sold a single-camera comedy to NBC to be written by rising young scribe Lauryn Kahn. Universal Television, where Gary Sanchez is under a deal, is producing. Title "I Guess I Do," the comedy centers around a sham green card marriage between a womanizing British celebrity trainer and a psychology grad student who is using her new husband as the subject for her dissertation on the modern male. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will executive produce the project, which has received a script commitment from the network.

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