Worldwide Pants to produce laffer

ABC is developing a half-hour laffer from David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants shingle, with Donal Logue (“ER,” “Grounded for Life”) set to star.

Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman will write and exec produce the untitled comedy, which revolves around a group of blue-collar guys who decide to rob a celebrity.

Project would be set in New York. Touchstone TV also is on board and will produce with Worldwide Pants.

“Late Show With David Letterman” alums Burnett and Beckerman created NBC’s critically acclaimed “Ed.” Burnett also is on board to direct the comedy’s pilot; Logue also will serve as a producer.

The producers are still determining which celebrity will be targeted in the show. Early on, Jeff Goldblum had been discussed as a possible option — but that didn’t come to fruition, and he’s not a part of the series.

Logue made a name for himself in a series of MTV promos before moving on to indie films — including the lead role in the much-buzzed-about 2000 entry “The Tao of Steve.” More recently, Logue has spent time back in TV, including a lengthy turn in the Fox (and, later, WB) sitcom “Grounded for Life.”

Logue’s upcoming feature credits include “Tennis Anyone?,” which he wrote and directed and also stars in. He’ll also be seen next summer in Ed Burns film “Groomsmen” and opposite Nicolas Cage in “Ghost Rider.”

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