‘Men’ seeking stability

NBC brings Levitan aboard as exec producer

More changes are afoot behind the scenes of the Carsey-Werner-produced NBC freshman comedy “Men Behaving Badly” – which already has endured revisions at the top, as well as feuds among the talent, the production company and the network.

Steven Levitan, who is executive producing the highly anticipated NBC midseason comedy “Just Shoot Me” from Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, has joined “Men Behaving Badly” as executive producer at the request of NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield, sources said.

On for the full ride

Levitan, who joined the show last week and rewrote an episode, has signed on through the season. He will work with current executive producers Matthew Carlson and Harvey Myman to repair cast and crew relations, as well as look to improve some of the scripts.

At various times, the show’s stars Rob Schneider, Ron Eldard and Justine Bateman have had debates about the show’s direction. There has been some speculation about cast changes, but the production company and the network are said to want to avoid that extreme.

Despite the backstage drama, NBC is said to be solidly behind the show and may even give it a test on Thursday nights during the summer.

The addition of Levitan, who is repped by United Talent Agency, is the latest of several changes at the show. Last month, co-executive producers Gary Murphy and Neil Thompson exited the show and have not been replaced.

So far this season, “Men Behaving Badly” has averaged a 7.9 rating and a 12 share in the tough 9:30 p.m. Wednesday slot, according to Nielsen.

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