9J, 9K and 9L
Logline: Inspired by a time in Mark Feuerstein’s adult life when he lived in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between his parents’ apartment, 9J, and his brother, sister-in-law and their baby’s apartment, 9L, and his intrusive but well-meaning family.
Cast: Mark Feuerstein, David Walton, Liza Lapira, Linda Lavin, Elliott Gould, Matt Murray, Paul Feig (guest)
Creators: Mike Gibbons (Writer / EP)
Studios: CBS TV Studios, Kapital Entertainment
Mark Feuerstein is no stranger to network multi-cams, having been one of the leads on Good Morning, Miami. His wife, Dana Klein, has even more experience, having written on Friends and created recently shot pilots The Perfect Stanleys and Friends with Better Lives. So co-creating a show together seems like a logical fit, and I’m sure their story will play well at press junkets (also helping is the story is semi-autobiographical). With Life in Pieces performing reasonably well for the network, you have to believe they were specifically eyeing an adult siblings multi-cam, and this one definitely fits the bill.
Actor Josh Dent has finally moved back from Los Angeles to New York. His parents couldn’t be more thrilled. Unfortunately, for him, due to a costly divorce, he’ll be living next to his parents. He’ll also be living next to his ball-buster brother and his family, who are renovating a place on Park Avenue. We’re also introduced to smooth doorman Nick and precocious 12-year-old Diego, who both are often found in the lobby of the building Josh shares with his family.
Soon, his family is insinuating itself in Josh’s life. His dad needs help putting together a video he wants to go viral. Josh has to avoid his Mom because she’s overbearing. He has to unexpectedly babysit for his nephew. Of course there is the former flame the main character still holds a torch for, which is practically a requirement in this type of pilot. Here it’s Christina, who went to the University of Michigan with Josh, and who goes on a date with him that is also waylaid by the family.
This pilot was about as well-written as it could be for this premise. So it all comes down to cast, and Mark Feuerstein + David Walton + Linda Lavin + Elliot Gould pretty much guarantees it will play well at the tapings. This pilot brings practically nothing new to the table, but achieves what it has to to get a greenlight as a multi-cam Life in Pieces.