March 20, 2012 4:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Martin Lawrence's CBS Comedy Pilot Adds 'Horrible Bosses' Banker
Martin Lawrence's CBS comedy pilot has enlisted a Horrible Bosses star into its ranks.
P.J. Byrne, who played a former investment manager in the Jennifer Aniston feature, has boarded the untitled comedy pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
$#*! My Dad Says duo Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger will write and executive produce the project, which will star the actor as a widowed father of two teens who, after losing his construction job, opts to enroll at the police academy in an effort to become a cop at the ripe old age of 46.
Byrne will play Kip Denis, a self-important busybody who works as the captian's assistant at the police station where Lawrence's rookie cop is assigned.
The multicamera comedy hails from CBS Television Studios, with Michael Green and Sam Maydew from The Collective on board to executive produce the project. Fred Savage will direct the pilot.
Byrne, whose credits include Are You There, Chelsea? and The Game, is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and attorney Michael Mahan.
Should the Lawrence pilot be picked up, it would mark the comedic actor's return to series television after fronting Fox's Martin from 1992-97. His recent big-screen credits include Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Death at a Funeral, College Road Trip and Wild Hogs.