SALES & PICK UPS
ABC has picked up THE CULT OF MAC, a single-camera comedy from Australian playwright/TV writer Tony McNamara (Tangle), ABC Studios and studio-based Brillstein Entertainment. It centers on Ted Macfadden, who casts back into his 1987 Chicago childhood with his iconoclastic/crazy dad Mac for inspiration in parenting his progressive, modern San Francisco family.
ABC has picked up another comedy, WE’LL BE OUT BY CHRISTMAS, which is created and executive produced by scribes Steve Pink and Jeff Morris. It is based on real-life experiences of Tom Sherak and his producer wife Madeleine, when their daughter moved back into the family home with her three kids while her husband while getting his MBA.
NBC has bought FOUR PLAY, a half-hour comedy script created and written by actress Liz Vassey. The project, produced by Flody Suarez, Todd Holland and Karey Burke’s Dark Toy Entertainment and Universal TV – revolves around four people creating an unlikely family while raising a newly adopted child.
Robert Schwentke has been tapped to direct the HBO drama pilot THE LOBOTOMIST with Daniel Thomsen on board to write the script. Schwentke will also executive produce with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran via Appian Way. The series tells the story of one man’s quest to change the world through a new, experimental brain surgery, the lobotomy.