'Change' pilot good for ABC

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"Starsky & Hutch" director Todd Phillips will make his TV debut with ABC's comedy pilot "The More Things Change ...," from writer Allan Loeb.

The network on Monday greenlighted the single-camera project about a quartet of male friends. It is produced by Regency TV.

"It's about male friendship and how it endures and survives through change," Loeb said.

Loeb penned the script on spec while working with Phillips on "Men," a comedy feature in the works at Warner Bros. that Loeb penned and Phillips is on board to direct. The movie centers on a man and his wife's lover who become roommates.

"Todd and I loved exploring the idea of male friendship," Loeb said. He showed the "Change" script to Phillips, who responded to it and made a few suggestions that Loeb incorporated.

"Change" was taken to the networks 10 days ago and landed bids from ABC, NBC and Fox. It went to ABC after Loeb and Phillips met with all three nets.

This fall, ABC introduced two shows centered on the friendship of four guys: the single-camera comedy "Carpoolers" and the one-hour dramedy "Big Shots."

"Change," which is eyed to shoot in December, is being exec produced by Loeb and Steven Pearl through their production company Scarlet Fire and by Phillips through his Green Hat Films.

Loeb co-wrote the pilot for the Fox/Regency TV midseason drama series "New Amsterdam," which he and Pearl are exec producing. The two also exec produced Fox's single-camera comedy pilot "Me & Lee?"

Loeb also penned the film "Things We Lost in the Fire," which stars Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro, now in theaters.

Loeb and Pearl are repped by CAA and attorney Sean Marks.

Phillips, whose feature directing credits also include "Old School" and "School for Scoundrels," is repped by CAA and attorney Warren Dern.
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