10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Harold & Kumar' Duo Ink First-Look Deal With Lionsgate TV
Lionsgate TV is expanding its roster of talent.
The studio has signed Harold & Kumar duo Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to a first-look deal, the company announced Thursday.
Under the multiple-year pact, the duo will develop and produce original scripted comedy. Their first project is the previously announced ABC comedy script Fair and Balanced, which reunites them with Harold & Kumar star Kal Penn. The single-camera comedy, which is in the development stages, revolves around an up-and-coming NPR reporter (Penn) who is swayed to work at a staunchly conservative news channel.
The comedy will be informed by Penn's experiences appearing on news shows, as well as his time working in Washington, D.C., for President Obama.
Hurwitz and Schlossberg will write and executive produce under their Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions banner with director of development Matt Lottman set as a co-producer. Penn will also exec produce alongside longtime manager and producing partner Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment.
“With their spectacularly successful, fan-favorite Harold & Kumar franchise, Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg proved that they understand serialization, and as Lionsgate TV’s programming further expands into comedy, we are thrilled to help bring their unique comedic perspective to television,” said Chris Selak, executive vp television at Lionsgate Television.
Best known for the Harold & Kumar franchise, the duo also wrote and directed 2012's American Pie sequel American Reunion. The duo have been friends since high school. The pair are also prepping The Pact with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. They're repped by CAA and attorney Adam Kaller.
“Like many filmmakers today, we're excited about the creative possibilities of television, and equally excited to be working with Lionsgate, given their incredible track record of producing groundbreaking shows,” said Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. “We look forward to adding some subversive comedy to their highly respected brand.”
The duo join Joel Silver and Jenji Kohan, among others, at the studio.