4:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
ABC Developing Brad Garrett Autobiography 'When the Balls Drop'
Brad Garrett is eyeing another return to television -- and this time he could be playing himself.
ABC is developing the Everybody Loves Raymond star's upcoming autobiography When the Balls Drop as a potential sitcom and starring vehicle at the network, closing a deal for a pilot script with significant penalty.
Garrett, who most recently appeared on ABC's short-lived How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), has also signed a talent holding deal with Balls producer 20th Century Fox Television. Should the project not ultimately go forward, the studio could cast him in another pilot project.
The pilot script for the single-camera comedy is being penned by Garrett and How I Met Your Mother writer Chuck Tatham. Like the book, it will examine the life of a divorced, middle-aged man trying to balance home life and work.
Garrett and Tatham will serve as executive producers on the project, as will Television 360's Eryn Brown and Meghan Lyvers.
In addition to his work on Raymond, which earned him three Emmys, and How to Live With Your Parents, Garrett starred for four seasons on Fox's 'Til Death. The book When the Balls Drop will be published by Simon & Schuster.
Garrett is repped by Management 360, UTA and attorney Michael Gendler; Tatham is repped by WME and The Collective.