2:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Chuck Lorre, Billy Gardell Reteam for CBS Comedy
Chuck Lorre is preparing for life after The Big Bang Theory.
With TV's No. 1 comedy wrapping this season, Lorre is reteaming with former Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardell for the multicamera comedy Bob Hearts Abishola at CBS. The comedy, which would star Gardell in his return to CBS, landed at the network with a sizable pilot-production commitment.
Gardell is attached to star as a man who, after having a heart attack, falls in love with his Nigerian nurse and sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance.
Lorre will pen the script alongside frequent collaborator Eddie Gorodetsky (Mike and Molly, Mom, Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men), Al Higgins (Mike and Molly) and actress-comedian Gina Yashere. Lorre, Gorodetsky and Higgins will also executive produce the comedy, which hails from Warner Bros. TV, where Lorre and his production company are under a rich overall deal.
Bob Hearts Abishola reunites Lorre with Gardell more than two years after the duo wrapped production on six seasons of CBS' Mike and Molly. This would be Gardell's first ongoing series regular role since the Melissa McCarthy comedy wrapped its run. More recently, he guest-starred on a handful of episodes of Lorre's Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon for CBS. Gardell is repped by APA, Artist Management International and Hansen Jacobson.
For Lorre's part, the prolific showrunner is under an overall deal at Warners through June 2020 and remains the studio's most valued comedy writer-producer. In addition to the final season of Big Bang Theory, Lorre also produces CBS' Mom and Young Sheldon and Netflix's upcoming The Kominsky Method, starring Michael Douglas. Lorre is repped by UTA.
For Higgins, the comedy brings him back to Lorre's universe after he took over as showrunner on Mike and Molly in season four. His credits also include Malcolm in the Middle, 'Til Death, NewsRadio and The Jon Stewart Show. Higgins is repped by CAA.
For Gorodetsky's part, the writer-producer co-created CBS' Mom alongside Lorre and Gemma Baker. His relationship with Lorre dates back to their time working together on ABC's Dharma & Greg. He is repped by ICM Partners.
Yashere, meanwhile, is a comedian born in London to parents from Nigeria. Her credits include episodes of Crashing, The Standups and The Daily Show. She was a finalist on Last Comic Standing in 2007. Yashere is repped by Buchwald and JLC Entertainment.