EXCLUSIVE: CBS Picks Up Medical Drama From Denis Leary

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Network also buys series concept from Ashton Kutcher's company based on the blog and Twitter feed Dear Girls Above Me.

CBS continues to find comedy ideas on the Internet.

The network has bought a series concept from Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Prods. and the Schiff Co. based on the blog and Twitter feed Dear Girls Above Me. The project is one of two scripts the network just picked up; the second is a medical drama from "Rescue Me" producers Denis Leary and Jim Serpico.

Dear Girls Above Me is written by a guy who's driven to distraction by the ditzy roommates living in the condo above him. Unlike "$#*! My Dad Says" or the recently sold "Shh ... Don't Tell Steve," however, the entries often derive humor from our unnamed protagonist's reactions and not just the quotes.

Samples, each prefaced with the phrase "Dear Girls Above Me":

-- "He said he was Spanish but not a Mexican. What the hell, that doesn't even make sense!" It does to the entire country of Spain.

-- "Aww, I felt so bad, this homeless-looking bearded guy on Fairfax actually thought it was New Year's." Happy Rosh Hashanah, ladies.

-- "I want a guy who's gonna meet me half way, like the Black Eyed Peas song." I want a girl who doesn't quote the Black Eyed Peas.

The second project is about three doctors who went to medical school together who return to their alma mater to work at the university hospital. Elle Johnson is writing and executive producing, along with Leary and Serpico, at CBS TV Studios.

"Dear Girls" has Kutcher, Jason Goldberg and David Schiff as executive producers, with Tim Doyle in negotiations to be an executive producer. Writers on the project are Charlie McDowell and Justin Lader.

The move comes after ABC picked up a comedy pitch based on the blog "Awkward Family Photos" and CBS landed "Shh ... Don't Tell Steve," the latter sold by Kutcher about two weeks ago.