Laughs land for Sony TV

Comedy pilot productions set at ABC, CBS

Two comedies, Matt Tarses' "True Love" and Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith's "18 Years," have landed pilot production commitments at CBS and ABC, respectively.

Both projects are produced by Sony Pictures TV, which also has a comedy script by David Guarascio and Moses Port in serious contention for an early pickup at NBC.

Additionally, the studio recently set up the comedy pitch "Texts From Last Night" at Fox with a significant penalty and is about to take out a half-hour spec script by Alex Barnow and Marc Firek with Emmy winner Eric McCormack attached to star.

Landing big commitments at all four major networks underscores Sony's position as an independent studio as well as its strategy in recruiting writing talent.

Tarses, Yuspa and Goldsmith and Guarascio and Port, all under overall deals at the studio, are experienced showrunners who have created and run their own series.

"We target people who are creators, storytellers with distinct voices and a strong point of view who are also seasoned executive producers and showrunners whom the networks want to be in business with," Sony TV head of comedy Glenn Adilman said.

Indeed, CBS had been looking to work again with Tarses, who developed and executive produced the network's critically lauded single-camera comedy "Worst Week" last season. Guarascio and Port have a long history at NBC, where they are well-liked.

Mostly, each project was set at the network that was most suitable and passionate about it, Adilman said.

"True Love" is an ensemble comedy about four people in their 20s in New York looking for love. It will be shot as a multicamera but have the look and feel of a single-camera comedy.

The WME-repped Tarses is exec producing with his sister, Sony-based producer Jamie Tarses.

The multicamera "18 Years" centers on urban parents who have traded sushi and sex for chicken nuggets and no sex. Former "King of Queens" showrunners Yuspa and Goldsmith, who created the Sony TV/Fox comedy " 'Til Death," have a perfect development record, with all five of their scripts so far going to pilot. They are repped by ICM.

The UTA-repped Guarascio and Port's "Nathan vs. Nurture" centers on an overachieving heart surgeon given up for adoption who reunites with his biological parents and underachieving siblings. The pitch landed a script commitment with significant penalty by NBC during the summer.
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