'Gilmore' gal to produce at Warner TV
Lauren Graham is stepping up her production game, unveiling a slate of shows she’ll exec produce via her Warner Bros. Television-based Good Game Entertainment banner.The “Gilmore Girls” star sold the sexy, international auction house-set dramedy “Objects of Desire” to the CW and is shopping “Praying on People,” a single-cam laffer from producer-comedian Lance Crouther (“Everybody Hates Chris”) that sends up gospel cliches in the vein of Tyler Perry. Good Game also is ramping up development for nonlinear platforms. Company is developing an online dating game/social networking site, “Boxers or Briefs,” for Warner Bros.’ recently launched digital content production house Studio 2.0 (Daily Variety, Sept. 21). “It’s an important season for us,” said Good Game VP Kathy Ebel, who oversees development and day-to-day operations. Company’s pact with WBTV, which began in 2003, runs as long as “Gilmore Girls” is on the air. “We’re really focused on finding smart dramas and comedies, as well as ideas that can live on new-media platforms,” Ebel said. Graham and Ebel will serve as executive producers on all of the projects. Ebel, a college friend of Graham’s, joined the company two years ago after writing the WB’s music-driven drama pilot “Sing” for the shingle. Light ensemble hour “Objects of Desire” follows the complicated relationships among staffers of a renowned auction house. Feature scribe Holly Sorensen (“Friends in Low Places”) is writing the pilot. “It’s a mix of juicy workplace soap and behind-the-scenes intrigue of an art-and-antiquities marketplace,” Ebel said. “We’re also going to follow objects as they come through the auction house, revealing each one’s history in each episode. So there will be a procedural aspect to the show that makes sense.” On the flip side, Crouther’s “Praying” is an irreverent half-hour about a successful standup comic who, after a breakdown, decides to leave showbiz and return to his inner-city neighborhood to find God. Lead’s brother is a preacher. Ebel described the show as “affectionate but sharply drawn parody. Like ‘My Name Is Earl’ or ‘King of the Hill,’ this project is a loving skewering of its subjects.” Crouther, whose credits include writing for “The Chris Rock Show” and “Wanda at Large” and playing the lead role in “Pootie Tang,” is developing the concept with producers Richard Perello and Peter E. Lengyel (“Beerfest”). The broadband play “Boxers or Briefs” will serve both as an online game — female players identity possible dates using only visual clues about a guy’s style — and as a functioning dating Web site similar to Match.com. Graham and Ebel also are developing a relationship reality series for television to launch with the service. Project is the first potential content news to come out of Studio 2.0. ICM reps Graham and Good Game. Judi Farkas reps Ebel.
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