CBS orders 'Birbiglia's Journal'


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UPDATED 4:28 p.m. PT March 16

CBS has greenlighted comedy pilot "Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal."

The project, based on comedian Mike Birbiglia's weekly blog that chronicles his daily life, will star him as a stand-up comedian who lives with his girlfriend in Brooklyn and struggles in his efforts to be a grown up, have a relationship, and do the right things.

Birbiglia and Andrew Secunda ("Love, Inc.") created the project, which was originally set at NBC Universal with Secunda as the writer. About 10 days ago, it moved to CBS Paramount Network TV, and after a rewrite by Secunda, CBS picked it up to pilot. Secunda will executive produce with Little Engine's Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo. Birbiglia will serve as producer.

Birbiglia, 29, who has toured the country for the past seven years, became one of the youngest comedians ever to appear on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman."

Years ago, the "Late Show" appearance of another stand-up comedian, Ray Romano, also led to an autobiographical comedy project for CBS that went on to become "Everybody Loves Raymond, " one of the top TV series of the past decade.

Birbiglia e-mails his "Secret Public Journal" entries to about 30,000 fans. The blog also is a feature on the nationally syndicated radio program "The Bob & Tom Show."

The project was packaged by UTA. Birbiglia, on a national tour with his stand-up show "Sleepwalk with Me," is managed by 3 Arts.