Actor's personal stories the premise for new skein
The WB has inked a put pilot commitment with thesp Anthony Anderson (“Me, Myself and Irene”) to create a half-hour comedy based on his life.
“All About the Andersons” will star Anderson as an out-of-work actor who moves back into his parents’ house with his 8-year-old son. Multigenerational show would take place at home and at the beauty salon and barber shop where his parents work. No studio is attached, although it’s likely Warner Bros. TV or Turner will get first dibs.
Anderson will serve as a producer, along with longtime collaborator Adam Glass, who helped create the series pitch. Net execs are looking for a showrunner to oversee the project and help Anderson and Glass develop the show.
“Anthony is a piece of talent we’ve been chasing since I’ve been at the network,” said Mike Clements, co-senior vice president of comedy at the WB. “He’s one of those lovable, larger-than-life comedic actors we feel is a really good shot for us.”
Clements hopes to develop “All About the Andersons” along the same lines as this fall’s WB laffer “Greetings From Tucson,” a semi-autobiographical take from scribe Peter Murrieta.
“(Anderson) came in and told some hilarious personal stories,” Clements said. “He tried to get his mom on the phone in the pitch.”
Anderson is shooting the Warner Bros. feature “Malibu’s Most Wanted” alongside WB star Jamie Kennedy; he also is about to star with Eddie Griffin in the Miramax feature comedy “My Baby’s Mama.” Anderson is featured in the upcoming MGM release “Barbershop” and the Bruckheimer/Warner Bros. actioner “Down and Under.”
Anderson’s past credits include “Big Momma’s House” and “Exit Wounds.”
Anderson and Glass also have the feature laffer “Ho Ho Bro” set up at USA Films and another project with producer Bob Simonds at Disney. Glass’ other recent writing credits include “The Bomb,” “Soul of a Nation,” “The Club” and “The Tupac Shakur Story.”
Anderson and Glass are repped by Principato-Young and ICM. Anderson also is repped by Rick Genow, while Glass’ attorney is Dave Feldman.