August 29, 2013 11:03am PT by Lacey Rose
CBS Buys Single-Dad Comedy From Fred Savage, Matt Dearborn (Exclusive)
CBS is pushing into single dad territory.
The network has made a script deal for a comedy called Raised by Wolves. The half-hour effort will revolve around a 20-something guy who suddenly becomes a full-time dad to his 7-year-old daughter. As the title suggests, his buddies will band together to help him raise her.
The project is being produced by CBS TV Studios, where Wolves' executive producer Fred Savage signed an overall deal when he launched his production company in late 2011. Matt Dearborn (Even Stevens) and Racelle Rosett (Blossom) will co-write and executive produce.
The news comes mere days after Disney XD announced it had greenlighted a pilot, Neckpee Island, from Dearborn and his Even Stevens and Zeke and Luther writer-producer Tom Burkhard. It'll center on OB, a 14-year-old troublemaker who is sent by his dad to the small remote island of Neckpee where he joins the Neckpee High Flag Corps.
For Savage's part, the former Wonder Years star has managed to successfully transition behind the camera, where his work as a TV director has earned him the most attention. Among his small-screen credits: Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls and NBC's short-lived Best Friends Forever, for which he was an executive producer as well. Earlier in his helming days, Savage directed a few episodes of Dearborn's Stevens. In March, Savage was tapped to direct the Charlize Theron comedy film Ladies Night.
Dearborn is repped by Original Artists and Skrzyniarz & Mallean; Savage is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.