CBS Buys Israeli Adaptation From 'Rules of Engagement' Producer


The comedy project centering on a recently divorced couple who was bad at marriage and now even worse at divorce was given a script commitment.

CBS has bought a pitch based on one of Israel’s longest-running sitcoms.

The multi-camera comedy project, titled Life Isn't Everything, centers on a middle-aged, recently divorced couple who was bad at marriage discover they are now really bad at divorce - and can't help but being involved in each others' lives (still having sex, etc).

Rules of Engagement executive producer Mike Sikowitz, who sold the pitch to CBS through his overall deal at Sony, will co-write and executive produce with Israeli creator, Daniel Lappin.

Israeli actress-producer Noa Tishby, who is known stateside for selling HBO the rights to In Treatment, and an executive to be designated by Israeli production company Reshet will join the pair as EPs on the comedy project. Everything will be produced by Old Charlie Productions and Reshet in association with Sony Pictures Television.

For its part, CBS is not new to the business of Israeli formats. In 2008, the net added short-lived romanatic dramedy The Ex List, an adaptation based on Israel's popular Mythological X, to its schedule.

Sikowitz, whose others credits include Friends and Grounded for Life, is repped by ICM and Gendler & Kelly.