Glouberman sticks with studio via 2-year deal
Long-running “Malcolm in the Middle” scribe Michael Glouberman has hooked up with Paramount Network TV, signing a two-year overall deal with the studio.
Pact doesn’t commence until June, allowing Glouberman to remain with “Malcolm” this season before turning his attention to development. Glouberman has been with “Malcolm” since the show’s launch, and enters its seventh season as a co-executive producer.
But after seven years with “Malcolm” — which many expect will end its run next year — Glouberman said he was itching to try something different.
“I’m ready to do something a little more grown up, sophisticated — maybe with clowns,” he quipped.
The scribe said he’s open to developing either a single-camera or a multicamera sitcom, depending on the material he ends up developing.
Glouberman said he was attracted to the rich comedy history at Paramount (“Happy Days,” “Frasier”) and noted that his first spec script was for Par’s “Cheers.”
As for “Malcolm,” Glouberman said the show’s staff had already finished writing 15 episodes, and are aiming toward a season finale revolving around the high school graduation of Malcolm and brother Reese. That episode could wind up doubling as a series finale — but Glouberman said the show’s fate hadn’t been determined yet.
Glouberman said he’ll miss his days on “Malcolm” once it ends, noting that by mining their personal lives for the shows’ scripts, the sitcom repped “seven years of a continuous therapy session.”
CAA-repped Glouberman’s other credits include “3rd Rock From the Sun.”
Paramount Network TV prexy David Stapf said the studio was impressed with Glouberman’s lengthy tenure on “Malcolm” and “witnessed his fresh approach to comedy when he created a pilot for us at CBS. We are quite excited to see what he can develop for us at Paramount.”