TV SALES & PICKUPS
He’s back y’all! Marlon Waynes will team with ABC to develop and executive produce and star in a new untitled comedy centering on two brothers who are cops. Waynes’ longtime producing partner Rick Alvarez is also in the mix to produce, along with Waynes’ manager Lisa Blum.
NBC has bought a new single-camera comedy musical 33 1/3 form Kirker Butler (The Cleveland Show), which centers on on a 33-year-old aspiring rock singer and single mother of a teenage girl who, after a humiliating failed marriage proposal, moves back into her mother’s basement and must deal with the dysfunctional family unit.
COMEDY CENTRAL has picked up REVIEW WITH FORREST MACNEIL to pilot written and executive produced by Charlie Siskel and Andrew Daly. Inspired by the Autrailian show “Review the Myles Barlow,” the new show will focus on Forrest MacNeil who reviews difficult situations by living them.
Scribe W. Merritt Johnson (Temple Gardian) will re-team with HBO on a new untitled dark comedy written as a starring vehicle for Don Johnson. Johnson will executive produce the project with his manager Jason Weinberg and Merritt. The story follows a suicidal game show host, who is trying to avoid his downward spiraling life, while dealing with his dysfunctional family. The network is also once again working with “Big Love” creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer on CHINA DOLL, which centers on a successful California construction subcontractor, his Asian-American wife who is a university professor, and a robot as they straddle both sides of the Pacific with extended families on two continents.
FOX will team up once again with their “Glee” costar Mike O’Malley on a new half-hour comedy written by O’Melley and executive produced by John Wells, PRODIGY BULLY. Story centers on a young boy genius who uses his brains and brawn to get whatever he wants. The idea comes from the Hank Perlman’s one-minute movies.
FOX has also bought ONE GREAT LIFE, a new comedy from writing duo Shaun Zaken and Jay Baxter. The story follows four friends who, after hitting their thirties, decide to pool their assets and live one great life.
FOX comedy LITTLE IN COMMON is no longer in contention at the network after studio executives decided to give the axe to a retooled pilot, which saw the green light in May. The single-camera series pilot was written by Rob Thomas and centers around four families with distinct methods of raising children. The show’s original cast members included Rob Corddry, Heather Graham, Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union and Alana Ubach.
FX has decided to renew SONS OF ANARCHY for its fifth season with a 13-episode order. The biker-drama, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal is having its highest-rated season.