CBS has won a passionate bidding war among the four major networks for a firefighter comedy pilot from Sony Pictures Television and Happy Madison. The project reunites Tad Quill and David Walton, who worked on last season’s “Bent” as creator/executive producer and star, respectively. The duo will perform the same roles for the new comedy, which centers on a firefighter who must give up his bachelor lifestyle when he has to take care of a nine-year-old girl. Quill is repped by ICM and Walton is repped by Gersh.
IFC has ordered a pilot script for a comedy series from comic Chris Gethard. The show will reportedly be based off his recently published book, “A Bad Idea I’m About To Do: True Tales Of Seriously Poor Judgment And Stunningly Awkward Adventure.” Gethard currently hosts “The Chris Gethard Show” on New York public access, and has appeared in “The Other Guys” and “The Dictator”. He is currently filming “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, and will next be seen in “Iron Man 3”. He is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.
NBC has won the intense bidding war for a new family comedy being developed by Michael J. Fox, Will Gluck (“Easy A”) and Sam Laybourne (“Arrested Development”) at Sony Pictures Television. To secure the deal, NBC head Robert Greenblatt offered an incredible deal: a full, 22-episode season guarantee before a pilot has even been filmed, in addition to creative freedom and massive marketing support. Set to debut in the fall of 2013, the show will be based off of Fox’s life. The deal is seen as a massive win for Greenblatt in his efforts to turn around the Peacock channel’s primetime fortunes. Fox is a multiple-Emmy winner his starring roles in “Family Ties” and “Spin City”. After leaving “Spin City” in 2000, Fox continued to garner attention for his roles in “Rescue Me”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Good Wife”. Fox is repped by UTA.
Chuck Lorre is close to finalizing a deal with Warner Bros. Television that would see the prolific television producer stay with the studio for a further four years. The new deal would have Lorre overseeing the three shows he currently exec produces (“The Big Bang Theory”, “Two and a Half Men”, “Mike and Molly”) as well as develop feature film projects for his company, Chuck Lorre Productions. Lorre is repped by ICM.
BET has greenlighted a two-hour movie/backdoor pilot for the UNTITLED DIGGY SIMMONS PROJECT. Executive produced by Mara Brock and Salim Akil (“The Game”), the show would star 17-year-old rapper Daniel Dwayne Simmons (a.k.a. Diggy Simmons) as Blake and will examine his life as a blogger and the group of loyal friends who stick close to him on his way to the top. Also executive producing are Kenya Baris (“America’s Next Top Model”), Chris Lighty, Laurie Dobbins and James Dubose. Simmons is repped by CAA and Mara Brock Akil is repped by ICM.