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Bruckheimer’s family ties

CBS has eye on Essman

Jerry Bruckheimer has snagged his fifth pilot pickup this season — going an unprecedented five for five, now that CBS has ordered a laffer from the megaproducer and scribe Marsh McCall.

Also Thursday, Eye picked up a sitcom starring “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fan fave Susie Essman.

Bruckheimer project follows three adult siblings who stand by their father, an eccentric professor, when his wife leaves him. Warner Bros. TV, where Bruckheimer is set up, is also producing.

McCall, Bruckheimer and Bruckheimer TV prexy Jonathan Littman will exec produce. Pickup means all five scripts developed at the shingle this year snagged greenlights — an almost unheard-of track record.

“It’s been a hell of a year,” Littman said. “You can’t get better than batting a thousand. Of course, you enjoy it for 3½ seconds until you realize you have to go make them all.”

As for the other laffer ordered Wednesday, Essman — who plays the foul-mouthed wife of Larry David’s manager on “Curb” — will star in a show loosely based on the recent upheaval in her personal life (Daily Variety, Oct. 19).

Essman will play a character similar to herself, a New Yorker who marries and suddenly becomes a stepmom in suburbia. She co-created with Tom Leopold, who wrote the pilot. Leopold, Brad Johnson and Lee Kernis of Brillstein-Grey Management will exec produce; Essman will produce.

Untitled Essman laffer comes from 20th Century Fox TV, Paramount Network TV and Johnson’s Watson Pond shingle.

(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)

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