'King' pair reign with offbeat comedy
Former “King of Queens” showrunners Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa have snagged a pilot commitment from ABC for a half-hour comedy with a timely twist.
Separately, Fox is turning to another pair of comedy pros, giving the greenlight to “Genetically Challenged,” a half-hour comedy from “Two and a Half Men” exec producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum that’s being penned by Steve Leff.
Sony Pictures Television-based Goldsmith and Yuspa are teaming for “A Day in the Life,” an unconventional laffer in which each season will focus on what Goldsmith calls “one incredibly epic day” in the life of a young couple, along with their family and friends.
“It’s ’24,’ but shorter and funnier,” Goldsmith said. “And no offense to ’24,’ which we love, because that show is certainly hilarious, too.”
First season will focus on the couple’s wedding day, while future years could revolve around anything from the birth of the couple’s child to a family cruise held in honor of the parents’ wedding anniversary — “any day that merits its own photo album,” Goldsmith said.
While the concept behind “Day” imposes some creative limits on the show, Goldsmith said he and Yuspa believe it’ll be worth the challenge.
“We like the idea that it plays with structure a bit,” Goldsmith said. “Within that one huge, incredibly important day, you can tell the tiny little stories that work in comedy on television.”
Goldsmith and Yuspa left “King of Queens” last year to focus on development. Earlier this year, they penned and exec produced the CBS pilot “Stroller Wars,” which starred Rhea Perlman and Tiffani Thiessen.
Duo, who wrote the Mel Gibson-Helen Hunt feature “What Women Want,” are repped by Ted Chervin of BWCS.
As for the Fox project, Warner Bros. TV is producing the would-be skein, which revolves around a young attorney who battles mightily to overcome the quirks and tics passed down to him by his parents. Coby Ryan McLaughlin has been cast in the lead.
Fox had quietly given “Genetically Challenged” a cast-contingent pilot order earlier this year. With the casting of McLaughlin, the contingency has been lifted and production has been approved.
Leff will exec produce with the Tannenbaums and Kell Cahoon (“Method & Red”). McLaughlin’s credits include episodes of “The X-Files” and MTV’s “Undressed.”
Development season isn’t over yet and the Tannenbaums already have at least two pilot commitments. In addition to the Fox project, ABC made a put pilot guarantee to a half-hour from the producing duo that’s being written by Craig Doyle (Daily Variety, Oct. 7).