Duo to pen HBO Garofalo skein

Showalter, Wain to pen pilot script, produce series

NEW YORK — Comedy duo Michael Showalter and David Wain have been hired by Warner Bros. Television and HBO to create a series for Janeane Garofalo to topline.

Scribes will pen the pilot script and produce the series. Pact falls within the 13-episode commitment the cabler and Warner Bros. TV have with Garofalo. HBO declined comment on the deal.

Untitled comedy reunites Showalter, Wain and Garofalo: The scribes penned and produced USA Films’ “Wet Hot American Summer,” which Wain directed, and in which Showalter and Garofalo starred.

Garofalo and HBO have been in development on a project since late 1999. A year ago, thesp was working with scribes John Hoffman and John Riggi (“The Larry Sanders Show”) on a possible series about the Hollywood real estate market (Daily Variety, Sept. 12, 2000).

Meanwhile, Wain and Showalter are writing an original feature, the comedy “They Came Together,” for Tom Shadyac’s Shady Acres and Universal. Wain is set to direct and is prepping “Cap’n Ricky … also Featuring Karl” for producers Sid Ganis, Alex Siskin and Matt Rhodes and exec producers Chris Sievernich, Rainer Kolmel and Todd Lieberman.

Showalter appears in Disney’s “Signs,” being helmed by M. Night Shyamalan. Previously, the duo co-created, starred and wrote MTV sketch comedy series “The State.” Showalter was repped by Innovative Artists, Wain by CAA; both are managed by Principato-Young.

(John Dempsey contributed to this report.)

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