June 08, 2011 5:31pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Rob Schneider Comedy Looking Good for CBS Midseason
CBS has ordered a reshoot and additional scripts of the untitled Rob Schneider pilot from its sister studio, making the multicamera comedy likely for midseason.
Based on Schneider’s life, the comedy revolves around a confirmed bachelor (Schneider) who marries into a tightknit Mexican-American family. Some recasting will be done on the series and if the pilot is good, production could begin immediately for a midseason bow, sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
The original cast included Tony Plana, Lupe Ontiveros, Nadine Velazquez, Eugenio Derbez, Ada Maris and Juan Martinez. It is unclear which -- or how many -- roles will be recast.
From CBS Television Studios in association with the Tannenbaum Co., the pilot was written and executive produced by Lew Morton. Eric and Kim Tannenbaum serve as nonwriting executive producers, with Schneider also writing and producing, along with John Schneider. The original pilot was directed by Jamie Widdoes and filmed in Los Angeles.
CBS has a good history with reshooting pilots, having achieved success with The Big Bang Theory and Numbers.
If picked up to series, the Schneider comedy would join The 2-2, the rookie police drama starring Leelee Sobieski from executive producers Robert Di Niro and Jane Rosenthal, on the network’s midseason lineup.