'Good Wife' Creators and 'Miss Congeniality' Writer Team for School Comedy at CBS

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The creators behind The Good Wife are getting into the comedy business.

CBS has purchased a single-camera project from Robert and Michelle King, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Written by Marc Lawrence (Miss Congeniality), the untitled half-hour centers on an extremely non-confrontational single mom who is promoted to dean of students at the high school where she teaches. She must contend with overly involved parents, demanding administrators and a challenging student body...which includes her two teenagers.

The Kings will exec produce with Lawrence and Liz Glotzer, who heads their King Size Productions banner. CBS Television Studios, where the Kings are under an overall deal, will produce the project.

The sale marks the first half-hour comedy sale for the Kings, who have made their mark on the small screen with dramas including The Good Wife and the recent summer series BrainDead. The duo is currently working on the Good Wife spinoff series The Good Fight, which premieres on CBS All Access in February. In addition to serving as co-creators, exec producers and showrunners on The Good Fight, the Kings also have a Vatican City drama in development at Amazon. They are repped by Paradigm and Del Shaw.

For Lawrence, this marks his first TV project in more than two decades. After getting his start as a writer on Family Ties, he segued to writing and directing big-screen comedies including Miss Congeniality, Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and most recently The Rewrite. He is repped by UTA.

Although CBS has found much of its success with multicam sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory, the network has sophomore single-cam entry Life in Pieces. A single-cam Big Bang Theory prequel series, following the early years of Sheldon, and a single-cam interracial family comedy are also in the works at the network.