NBC fathers comic brood
Comic thesp Eddie Griffin is teaming up with feature producer John Davis (“Eragon”) for a family comedy project set up at NBC.Griffin will produce and star in the half-hour, based on the actor’s own experience as a father of multiple children with different women. Davis — whose credits include “Doctor Doolittle” and “Daddy Day Care” — is exec producing the NBC Universal Television Studio project, with Dan Spilo and Dallas Jackson also on board as producers. “Eddie calls it the ‘fucked-up “Cosby Show,” ‘ ” Spilo said. Davis and Griffin first hooked up during “Norbit,” the upcoming Davis-produced feature starring Griffin and Eddie Murphy. At the same time they started talking about the film, Griffin and Davis began to discuss TV ideas. NBC snatched up the untitled Griffin project based on the concept. A search for a writer-showrunner will begin shortly; Peacock won’t make a final greenlight decision until after the script comes in. Peacock already is in business with Griffin, who’s set to star in the net’s upcoming live-action remake of “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (Daily Variety, July 6). Thesp also will appear in the indie thriller “Redline.” New skein would be the first for Griffin since UPN’s 1996 laffer “Malcolm and Eddie.” Upcoming feature slate for Davis, meanwhile, includes the sequel to “Alien vs. Predator.”
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