Scribes swing into ABC, UPN

'Swingblade's' Cox, Sloan ink Col TV skein deal

The scribes behind the buzzed-about 1998 comedy short “Swingblade” are moving into television, inking premium script deals for half-hour projects at ABC and UPN.

Chris Cox and Matt Sloan, who wrote the short spoof poking fun at the indie hits “Sling Blade” and “Swingers,” are teaming with helmer David Dobkin (“Clay Pigeons”) to create and co-exec produce both potential skeins through Columbia TriStar Television. Neil Moritz and his Original Films are also attached as exec producers for the ABC skein.

At ABC, Cox and Sloan are developing “Accidents Happen,” which revolves around a late twentysomething man who has been in a coma for years. When he wakes up, he’s still an emotional teenager, while all his friends have matured.

The UPN project, dubbed “Odd Jobs,” is about a pair of buddies who lurch from job to job.

In addition to producing and starring in “Swing Blade,” Cox and Sloan — both vets of the Groundlings comedy troupe — produced the musicvideo “Coffee with Jesus” and a seg of E!’s “True Hollywood Story” mocking their own success with “Swingblade.”

The ABC and UPN script deals were packaged by UTA, which reps Cox, Sloan and Dobkin.

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