Will Arnett Sells Parenting Comedy to CBS

The half-hour is based on Johanna Stein's book, 'How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane'
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Will Arnett

Will Arnett is not wasting any time. 

Less than two months after The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of his new production company, Electric Avenue, and his CBS TV Studios first-look deal, The Millers' star has already sold his first comedy. The half-hour, humorously titled How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane, sold to sister network, CBS, with a script commitment.

Like the Johanna Stein-penned book on which it's based, the half-hour will center on a pair of unconventional parents who try to raise their child according to their own rules -- not the rules imposed upon them by society at large. The book, published earlier this year, is presented as a collection of autobiographical essays that recount the comedian's experiences as a first-time mother. 

Stein will write the pilot alongside Suburgatory's Adam Barr, with Arnett, Barr and manager Peter Principato of Principato-Young acting as as executive producers. Stein will also co-executive produce the project, which hasn't yet settled on a format.

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In a bid to add more programming to Electric Avenue's slate, Arnett has lured Jed Weitzman, formerly of Brillstein Grey, to come run the production company. Marc Forman is serving as the company's director of development. Electric will develop and produce content across all platforms.

The news comes as Arnett, a five-time Emmy nominee for his work on Arrested Development and 30 Rock, has remained particularly busy on-screen, too. In addition to The Millers, which rounded out the 2013-14 season as the highest-rated first-year sitcom, he co-starred in the Netflix revival of Arrested, which will continue if the actors' schedules allow, and the streaming service's animated series, BoJack Horseman. Earlier this year, Arnett starred in Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThe Lego Movie and The Nut Job. 

Arnett is repped by WME and Principato-Young; Stein is repped by APA.

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