12:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'How I Met Your Mother' Creators Score Second CBS Pilot Order
How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are back at CBS with their second pilot order of the season.
The network has handed out a pilot pickup for Distefano, a comedy starring Chris Distefano that is written by Bays and Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The multicamera/hybrid comedy, which landed at CBS in August with a hefty pilot-production commitment, is inspired by the comedy of Distefano and centers on Izzy and Chris, two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families — one Puerto Rican, one Italian.
Bays and Thomas will pen the script and exec produce via their Sony Pictures Television-based Bays-Thomas banner. In addition to starring, Distefano will also co-write the story and co-exec produce alongside Brian Bockrath and How I Met Your Mother grad Pam Fryman, with the latter on board to direct. CBS Television Studios has also boarded the comedy as a co-producer, marking the fourth co-production between the two companies this pilot season.
This is Bays and Thomas' second pilot order of the season and the first that they're writing. It joins CBS hybrid comedy Real Life, from writer Hilary Winston. That comedy was redeveloped from last year's pilot My Time/Your Time and is also a co-pro between SPT and CBSTVS.
For his part, Distefano is currently on MTV's GuyCode as well as GirlCode, Failosophy and Money From Strangers. He has performed at comedy clubs across New York. He was recently one of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch" at the 2012 New York Comedy Festival, where he was a finalist in New York's Funniest. (Watch a clip of his performance — in which he talks about his Puerto Rican girlfriend, below.)