Buddy's social work inspires CBS project


Michael Rapaport has inked a development deal with CBS.

Under the pact, he will develop, star in and produce an hourlong project for the network. The project will be produced by Denis Leary and Jim Serpico's Apostle Pictures, Sony TV and CBS Paramount TV.

The untitled project, to be written by "Basketball Diaries" scribe Bryan Goluboff, is based on an idea Rapaport has tossed around for four years. It revolves around the lives of social workers in New York and is inspired by the experiences of a good friend of Rapaport's who is a social worker in the Big Apple.

"It will deal with the ups and downs and the goods and bads of what social workers do," Rapaport said. "It's going to be very touching and emotional, as what these characters do is so tough and gritty, but there also will be a lot of room for humor."

The blend of drama and comedy and the setting, an ensemble of public-service workers in New York, is reminiscent of Apostle's trademark series, FX's "Rescue Me," which also is co-produced by Sony TV.

Goluboff, Leary and Serpico will executive produce the CBS project, with Rapaport serving as producer.

Serpico called Rapaport "one of those rare talents who shows a mastery of both comedic and dramatic acting and has the extraordinary ability to implement both effortlessly."

Following his recurring role on NBC's "My Name Is Earl," Rapaport co-stars this season on Fox's "Prison Break." He is repped by Paradigm and Brillstein Entertainment.

Goluboff, who most recently worked on HBO's "In Treatment," is repped by Paradigm. (partialdiff)