9:50am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Melissa McCarthy-Ben Falcone Comedy Scores TV Land Pilot Order
As CBS' Melissa McCarthy starrer Mike & Molly comes to an end, the actress-producer is seeing another comedy take shape.
TV Land has ordered single-camera comedy Nobodies, produced by McCarthy and her husband/actor Ben Falcone, to pilot.
The single-camera comedy pilot, announced announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, is inspired by the real lives of writers Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras (Adult Swim's Mike Tyson's Mysteries) who watched as their friends from Los Angeles-based improv and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars while they toiled away in Hollywood.
Davidson, Dorf and Ramras will star and play themselves as Nobodies follows the trio as they desperately try to land one of their famous friends for a feature script that they've developed so that they, too, can rise to fame. The pilot will film in Los Angeles in the winter, with McCarthy and Falcone set to direct. In addition to exec producing and helming, Falcone will also guest star in the pilot. Oscar winner McCarthy will appear on screen in a future episode, should Nobodies go to series.
Groundlings alums Davidson, Dorf and Ramras will exec produce alongside McCarthy and Falcone, via the married duo's On the Day production company.
"Hugh, Larry and Rachel tell stories that are so funny, you honestly can’t believe they’re true," TV Land exec vp development and original programming Keith Cox said. "It’s their unique take on exactly what it’s like toiling away in Hollywood — and it is that unfiltered comedy that we’re looking for."
TV Land has found success in its reinvention to a younger-skewing network focused on single-camera fare with Younger paving the way. The Viacom-owned cabler also has Teachers debuting this month, Lopez set for later this year as well as the second seasons of Impastor and The Gaffigan Show.