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Castle Rock, WB in toon

Oakley and Weinstein to exec produce 'Brothers'

Castle Rock TV and two former executive producers of “The Simpsons” are developing a new animated comedy for the WB netlet called “Brothers.”

The comedy, which is still in the script stage, will be executive produced by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein (“The Simpsons”), and the WB is considering it for a late midseason launch next year.

While most successful animated sitcoms have been about families, “Brothers” is an attempt to create an animated young-adult ensemble comedy. The story will revolve around a high school senior who moves in with his twentysomething brother in New York City.

“Brothers” isn’t the only animated comedy on the WB’s development slate. The Warner Bros. TV-produced “Baby Blues,” based on the comic strip, is an animated comedy about parenting that the WB hopes to launch early next year.

The WB has ordered six scripts, and the pilot episode will air as a Christmas special in December. Julia Sweeney (“Saturday Night Live”) and Mike O’Malley (“Life With Roger,” “Law & Order”) will serve as the voice leads, and executive producers are Jeff Martin (“The Simpsons,” “Men Behaving Badly,” “Late Night With David Letterman”), Peter Ocko and Adam Barr (“Weird Science,” “Dinosaurs”). While “Baby Blues” will be ready before “Brothers,” they could eventually form an animated block if successful.

The WB also has ordered a Touchstone TV live-action comedy pilot called “Zoe Bean,” executive produced by Michael Jacobs (“Boy Meets World”) and written by Sue Paige and Daniel Paige (“You Wish”). It’s a high school comedy set in New York and described as a teen “Seinfeld.”

Separately, the netlet has given “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” guest star Seth Green (“Austin Powers,” “Temporarily Yours”) a permanent cast position next season.

In development news elsewhere:

– Actor Sam Elliott (“Tombstone,” “”Mask”) has been cast in the Paramount Network TV and CBS drama “Texarkana,” executive produced by John Sacret Young and Toni Graphia, who also wrote the script.

– Fox has ordered the comedy pilot “Living in Captivity” from Shukovsky English Entertainment. Tom Palmer (“Murphy Brown,” “Naked Truth,” “Coach”) is executive producing the satirical sitcom about three families, including one African-American family, in a gated California community.

– Brillstein-Grey has new comedy pilots for ABC and Fox. Kevin Abbott (“Grace Under Fire,” “Roseanne”) is executive producing “The Hanleys,” a multigenerational family comedy for ABC. Fox has ordered the Brillstein-Grey pilot “Applewood 911” from executive producer Richard Day (“The Larry Sanders Show”) and writer-creator Erik Moe.

– ABC picked up the Touchstone TV pilot starring, produced and co-created by Jon Lovitz (“Saturday Night Live,” “City Slickers”) (Daily Variety, Dec. 4, 1997). Mike Langworthy (“Working,” “Cybill”) is executive producing and co-creating.

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