SALES & PICK-UPS:
TV LAND has given cast-contingent pilot orders to two the new comedies I’M NOT DEAD YET and BROTHERS-IN-LAW. Written by Jon Sherman and adapted from the Israeli format “Zanzuri,” the networks first single-camera pilot “I’m Not Dead Yet” centers on a man who discovers that he has a rare heart condition and could die at any moment. As a result, he begins to finally speak his mind and live life to the fullest. Ben Silverman will executive produce. Written and executive produced by Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, “Brothers-In-Law” revolves around the family dynamic between a husband and the eccentric fiance of his wife’s twin sister, who have nothing in common but the sisters constantly force them to bond.
TBS has hired comedy veteran Ric Swartzlander as executive producer and showrunner for COUGAR TOWN, the former ABC comedy that still stars Courtney Cox. He succeeds former series co-creator/executive producer Bill Lawrence, who is stepping down to focus on development under his Warner Bros. TV overall deal. Swartzlander most recently worked on the ABC comedy “Man Up!” where he served as writer and co-executive producer.
Mike Scully has signed a multi-year deal with 20th Century Fox TV worth a reported seven figures. He is set to join Ryan Murphy’s new series THE NEW NORMAL as executive producer and will develop or animated series. After a decade as a full-time writer-producer on “The Simpsons”, Scully segued to development for 20th TV with several projects, including comedy pilot “The Pitts.”