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Melissa McCarthy’s TV tenure will continue.
Weeks after CBS wrapped the actress’ Mike & Molly after five seasons, TV Land has ordered the McCarthy-produced comedy Nobodies to series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The single-camera project, produced by McCarthy and husband/actor Ben Falcone, is inspired by the real lives of writers Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras (Adult Swim’s Mike Tyson’s Mysteries), who watched as their friends from Los Angeles-based improv and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars while they toiled away in Hollywood. The trio will write, executive produce and star in the comedy as characters who try desperately to land one of their famous friends for a feature script that they have developed, so that they, too, can rise to fame in Hollywood. MadTV’s Michael McDonald has boarded the series as executive producer.
From McCarthy and Falcone’s On the Day banner, Falcone directed the pilot and guest stars. Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live), Jim Rash (Community) and Nat Faxon (Married) also guest star in the pilot. JAX Media’s Tony Hernandez also will executive produce for TV Land, expanding the partnership that currently includes Younger and The Jim Gaffigan Show.
“The initial pitch for Nobodies was really funny, and man, did they ever deliver a pilot that is so honest and bold that it’ll make you laugh and cringe at the same time,” said TV Land exec vp development and original programming Keith Cox.
Added McCarthy and Falcone: “Working with our hilarious and talented friends Rachel, Hugh and Larry is a complete joy. Adding a person of Mike’s caliber and a network as supportive as TV Land is truly a dream come true.”
McDonald (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place, Ghostbusters) is repped by UTA; Davidson and Ramras are with ICM Partners; and McCarthy and Falcone are repped by CAA and MGMT Entertainment.
Nobodies marks the latest single-camera comedy for the Viacom-owned TV Land as the cabler continues its younger-skewing reinvention. The series joins Teachers, Lopez, Gaffigan, Younger and Impastor. At the pilot stage, TV Land still has its First Wives Club reboot and Kyle Richards comedy still in contention and is developing a new take on Heathers. The network recently passed on comedy pilot I Shudder, starring Hamish Linklater and Megan Hilty.
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