TBS cops Caplan laffer

Cabler inks comedy deal

TBS, which just greenlit its second original sitcom, “The Bill Engvall Show” (Daily Variety, Feb. 13), has signed a deal with Dave Caplan (“The Drew Carey Show”) to write a comedy under the aegis of Sony Pictures TV and Original Films.

Caplan is a writer and co-exec producer of ABC’s “George Lopez Show.” For the TBS series, Caplan’s co-exec producer is Original Films’ Neal Moritz, whose credits include “The Fast & the Furious,” “Click” and the coming Will Smith theatrical “I Am Legend,” plus the Fox TV series “Prison Break.”

The comedy for TBS, still untitled, depicts the life of a woman who manages to get through the day with surprising good humor despite what look like impossible circumstances: Her husband walks out, leaving her with two kids and a struggling lumberyard. Caplan is basing the premise on his own life where his single mother brought him and his two sisters up while running a business.

TBS is commissioning scripted comedies aimed at a family audience to take advantage of the viewers it harvests from repeats of popular sitcoms such as “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Family Guy” and “Sex and the City.”

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