CBS likes 'Worst Week' best


CBS has picked up a second comedy pilot in as many weeks.

The network has given the green light to "Worst Week," an American version of the BBC series "The Worst Week of My Life," written by Matt Tarses and to be directed by Marc Buckland.

The single-camera CBS pilot hails from Universal Media Studios and U.K.'s Hat Trick Prods., the company behind the original series.

It revolves around a young couple who must navigate the politics of their soon-to-be in-laws during a family holiday. Tarses penned the script and is executive producing with Buckland and Hat Trick's Jimmy Mulville.

"Worst Week" marks the first major sale outside the NBC Uni family for UMS since it changed its name from NBC Uni TV Studio to underscore its status as a supplier to all networks and since Katherine Pope took the reins of the studio in June.

"We are thrilled to be in business with CBS on (the show)," said Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and UMS. "Universal Media Studios is open for business."

CBS is the third U.S. network to try launching an American version of BBC's "Week."

Fox took a stab at it during the 2005-06 development season with "Worst Week of My Life," a Regency TV-produced project written by Ed Decter and John J. Strauss. The project was picked up to pilot, which was directed by Adam Shankman.

Then the format went to UMS, which originally developed "Worst Week" with Tarses for NBC this past development season.

In addition to "Worst Week," CBS recently handed out a cast-contingent pilot order to another comedy that originally was developed for another network: Mike Sikowitz's "My Best Friend's Girl," which is produced by Sony Pictures TV (HR 7/27).

Tarses and Buckland worked together on NBC's "Scrubs," including the 2001 episode "My Old Lady" that earned Tarses a Humanitas Prize and Buckland an Emmy nomination.

Tarses is repped by Endeavor.

Buckland, who won an Emmy for directing the pilot of NBC's "My Name Is Earl," is repped by ICM.

In other CBS development news, the network has handed out a script order to a drama from filmmaker Kasi Lemmons.

The untitled project, from ABC Studios and studio-based Mark Gordon Co., centers on a psychiatrist/neurologist at New York's Bellevue Hospital Center who is a crisis manager. While professionally she handles crises very well, her personal life is pure chaos.

Lemmons, who most recently directed the feature "Talk to Me," wrote the script and will direct. She is also exec producing with Mark Gordon and Deborah Spera.