ABC buys two comedy pitches

7:00 PM PST 01/05/2010 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

Projects star Carlos Mencia, Cedric the Entertainer

With the broadcast networks already in a pilot-pickup mode, two multicamera comedy pitches fronted by familiar faces scored last-minute sales at ABC.

The projects, one starring Carlos Mencia and the other toplined by Cedric the Entertainer, hail from Sony TV and studio-based Tantamount.

The Mencia sitcom, from veteran comedy writers Mitchel Katlin and Nat Bernstein, is a family comedy based on Mencia's life and stand-up act.

Co-produced by Brillstein Entertainment, it centers on a man in the middle of his very large multigenerational immigrant family.

The Cedric comedy, from Al Higgins (" 'Til Death") and Devon Shepard ("Cedric the Entertainer Presents"), will feature the comedian as a retired baseball player-turned-radio host forced to re-evaluate the type of father he has been when his son and 6-year-old granddaughter re-enter his life.

In their initial comedy pilot orders this season, the networks have shown preference for projects that have talent attached: ABC picked up "Awkward Situations for Men," starring British humorist and on-air personality Danny Wallace, and NBC greenlighted a starring vehicle for Adam Carolla.

Katlin and Bernstein are repped by UTA and Rigberg Entertainment. Mencia, Cedric and Higgins are with CAA, Shepard with APA and New Wave.
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