Busy McCall collects big Warner TV deal
Capping off a busy pilot season in which he exec produced two separate projects, scribe Marsh McCall has sealed a two-year, seven-figure deal with Warner Bros. TV.
New pact extends McCall’s relationship with the studio, where he’s been based since 2003. This spring, McCall exec produced the comedy pilot “Modern Men” for the WB and an untitled laffer for CBS.
“I’m just now coming up for air,” said McCall, who said the second pilot just about “killed me” — the writer got sick during its shoot.
McCall produced both projects for Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, the “CSI” powerhouse now looking to get into the sitcom biz.
“I was really happy with everything they brought to the table,” McCall said of the Bruckheimer camp. “I’m their comedy experiment. They gave notes like these shows were dramas — which was great. We knew it would be funny; I wanted their input on everything else.”
The CBS project, which McCall is exec producing with Bruckheimer and Bruckheimer TV chief Jonathan Littman, is loosely based on the scribe’s own relationship with his father. Show revolves around three adult siblings and how they interact with their father, an eccentric professor.
“Modern Men,” meanwhile, follows a group of young guys who realize they need someone to coach them with women. McCall’s brother, Ross, also exec produces, with Aaron Peters, Bruckheimer and Littman.
“If I get one or both of these on the air, that will be my focus,” McCall said, noting that he’ll pour his energies into making the skeins work rather than heading back to development.
McCall most recently consulted on last season’s ABC laffer “I’m With Her.” He also headed up “My Big Fat Greek Life,” CBS’ small-screen version of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
McCall’s other credits include serving as showrunner on “Just Shoot Me” and as a co-producer on “The Naked Truth.” Scribe was an original staff writer on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” working his way up to head writer.
The CAA-repped writer said he had hoped to stay put at Warner Bros. TV.
“Unlike my real family, they seem to find me more amusing,” he said. “They made me feel really at home here, and I want to pay them back with my best work.”