Cohen project eyed as 'Jamie Kennedy' companion
“On the Spot” is on the air at the WB.
Frog has picked up the Warner Bros. Television-produced hybrid sketch/sitcom project for midseason, ordering six segs in addition to the pilot. Robert Cohen (“The Ben Stiller Show”) created and is exec producing the half-hour laffer, which is already being eyed as a potential companion to the net’s successful reality comedy “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.”
Jeff Davis (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) stars, while “Carol Burnett Show” legend Tim Conway — who appeared in the pilot — is in talks to return to the skein full-time.
Cast of improv vets includes Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers”), Mike Hitchcock (“Waiting for Guffman”), Arden Myrin (“Working”), Denny Siegel (“Whose Line”), Lance Barber (Second City) and Groundlings regulars Christen Nelson and Patrick Bristow.
Omar Gooding hosts the skein.
Cohen described “On the Spot” as “a ‘Fawlty Towers’-like show that’s half improv.”
“It takes place in a hotel stocked with standard hotel characters played by amazing improv actors,” Cohen told Daily Variety. “So it has the spine of a sitcom with an improv variety show mixed in. The whole feel of the show is like this big, weird TV comedy.”
Studio audience members will play a major role in the outcome of each episode, throwing out suggestions that will alter the course of the skein’s scripted plot.
“It’s a squiggly line to the end rather than a straight line,” Cohen said.
WB comedy co-chief Mike Clements said he was excited to finally be able to give “On the Spot” a greenlight.
“He’s a writer we have a great deal of affection for, and he’s hands-down one of the funniest guys in town,” Clements said. “There’s something really unique here, and we think it’s worth a shot.”
UTA-repped Cohen, who’s a co-exec producer on “Kennedy,” is expected to eventually leave the Thursday skein to work on his own show. His other writing credits include “Seinfeld,” “The Simpsons” and “Just Shoot Me.”