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TV Land has picked up a comedy pilot from Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, tenatively called FRIENDS WITH MELISSA. The pilot is written by Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, and Rachel Ramras and is loosely based on their lives watching fellow Groundlings go on to make it big on Hollywood while they were stuck writing for children’s shows.
McCarthy will appear in the pilot episode and she and husband Falcone will executive produce through their On The Day banner. Davidson, Dorf, and Ramras will also executive produce. Falcone has appeared in supporting roles alongside McCarthy in Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, and The Heat and made his directorial debut in 2014 with Tammy, also starring McCarthy
The pilot is the latest in TV Land’s attempts at rebranding. The network, once primarily known for its reruns, has invested heavily in comedies such as Impastor, a series about an addict on the run who steals the identity of a pastor, and The Jim Gaffigan Show, which debuted in July and is based on the popular stand-up’s life. They are also developing I shudder from Pushing Daisies‘ Dan Jinks and a comedy based on the life of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards.
Kristen McRobbie | Staff Writer