February 07, 2014 4:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Happy Endings' Creator's Roommates Comedy Gets Pilot Order at CBS
Happy Endings' David Caspe is having a good pilot season.
The creator of the late ABC comedy has just landed his second pilot order of the season, with CBS picking up multicamera Cuz-Bros, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Caspe will co-write Cuz-Bros with Community's Erik Sommers, who also was a co-EP and writer on Happy Endings. The Sony Pictures Television-CBS Television Studios entry centers on a successful and suave ladies man whose perfect life is turned upside down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay. (The project was developed as Roommates, where the cousin character was a stranger who saves the lead's life.)
Sommers and Caspe will executive produce alongside Fanfare's Jamie Tarses, the banner behind critical darling Happy Endings. Fanfare and SPT are also producing Caspe's NBC comedy pilot, Marry Me, which stars Caspe's fiancé and Happy Endings alum Casey Wilson. (Wilson, meanwhile, is also executive producing and writing NBC comedy pilot Mason Twins with Happy Endings alum June Diane Raphael.)
In addition to Caspe and Wilson, Happy Endings alums have been in high demand this pilot season. Co-star Zachary Knighton this week was tapped to star in Fox's Weird Loners and The Mindy Project's Adam Pally, New Girl's Damon Wayans Jr. and Elisha Cuthbert are all among the most in-demand actors this pilot season. For her part, Eliza Coupe stars in USA Network's legal comedy Benched, which has already been picked up to series.
Cuz-Bros -- in its previous incarnation -- was similar to CBS' The Odd Couple, the Matthew Perry-Danny Jacobson comedy that the network has yet to order to pilot.
Friday's pilot order brings CBS' comedy haul to nine this season, down three from last year. The Big 4 broadcast networks thus far have ordered 46 comedy pilots, off two from last year. (The CW has yet to pilot a scripted comedy.)