Max Mutchnick Inks Solo WBTV Deal, Developing 'Quick Shots of False Hope' for HBO

Max Mutchnick and Laura Knightlinger - H 2014
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Max Mutchnick and Laura Knightlinger - H 2014

HBO is getting into the rejection game.

The premium cable network is teaming with Will and Grace's Max Mutchnick to develop his longtime friend and collaborator Laura Kightlinger's book Quick Shots of False Hope: A Rejection Collection, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The single-camera comedy follows a 1970s-era single mom and her ongoing quest to find a husband, while still sleeping with her daughter’s married father.

Mutchnick and Kightlinger, who have collaborated on and off since they met at Emerson College in Boston, will pen the script and executive produce via the former's Warner Bros. Television-based Too Mutch Ink banner. Quick Shots marks Mutchnick's first sale under his new solo development deal at WBTV, where he and frequent collaborator David Kohan continue to produce under their joint KoMut banner. The duo, who continue to develop together, are producing TBS' upcoming comedy series Buzzy's, set up through Warner Horizon Television. They also are developing a multicamera comedy set up at Fox via WBTV.

For her part, Kightlinger is a successful stand-up comic who has had specials on Comedy Central and HBO in addition to a series she created and starred in on IFC called The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman. Kightlinger was also a consulting producer on Will and Grace and fixture "on the floor" as a punch-up person for every Kohan and Mutchnick series. Over the years, Mutchnick and Kightlinger performed stand-up together. During their first joint performance, she inadvertently outed Mutchnick and their relationship has been rooted in rage, doubt and a total lack of personal and emotional safety ever since.

The deal also expands HBO's relationship with WBTV, which produces Westworld and The Leftovers.

For its part, Quick Shots comes as HBO has found critical success with comedies including Girls, Veep and Silicon Valley as well as Looking and Getting On. The premium cable network next has Togetherness, Ballers and The Brink.

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