CBS comedy, 'Unmarried' pair split up


"Gary Unmarried" executive producers Ed Yeager and Ric Swartzlander have left the CBS freshman comedy over creative differences.

The move comes as CBS is mulling the fate of the series, which is on the bubble for a second-season pickup.

There is speculation that two writer-producers on the show — co-executive producer Ira Ungerleider and consulting producer Rob Des Hotel — will be elevated to run "Unmarried," and with them in place the series will be renewed.

Yeager created "Unmarried," which stars Jay Mohr as a recently single painting contractor who shares custody of his children with his controlling ex-wife (Paula Marshall).

The project landed at ABC Studios after Yeager's friend, studio-based writer-producer Swartzlander, brought the spec to studio brass. They bought it and set it up at CBS.

ABC Studios co-produces the series with CBS Par.

After a promising start, "Unmarried's" ratings leveled off, with the show pulling respectable numbers in the 8:30 p.m. Wednesday slot following the Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

"Unmarried's" first-season finale airs May 20. (partialdiff)