Comedy conjured up by Criss Angel in works
Thesp-turned-scribe Chris Moynihan has a pair of projects in the works at the Peacock — including a comedy conjured up by magician Criss Angel.
The Angel project is based on an original idea that the “Mindfreak” magician conceived along with producers Dave Baram, Jason Verona and Adam Shulman. Moynihan has joined in to write the project, which was inspired by Angel’s experience as an up-and-coming magician.
All four are aboard to exec produce the half-hour, which was pitched as a workplace comedy set in the world of magic. Baram, Verona and Shulman were all formerly based at the Firm; Shulman is now at Anonymous, while Baram and Verona have moved to Rick Yorn’s new company.
Angel rose to fame thanks to his A&E series “Criss Angel: Mindfreak.” At NBC, he previously appeared on the reality show “Phenomenon.”
Moynihan is also behind “100 Questions for Charlotte Payne,” a comedy about a young woman navigating life with friends in New York.
Project begins each week at a dating service, where Charlotte is asked a question that then segues into that episode’s storyline. (Hence the “100 Questions” portion of the title — 100, of course, also repping the magic number of episodes traditionally required for syndication.)
Tagline Pictures (USA’s “Psych”) is behind the project; Tagline TV prexy Kelly Kulchak and Thruline’s Ron West are exec producing along with Moynihan.
Universal Media Studios is behind both “100 Questions” and the Angel project.
Moynihan’s recent writing credits include the NBC pilot “Foster Hall,” which starred Macaulay Culkin, Ana Ortiz, Busy Phillips and Moynihan himself.
The scribe wrote “Foster Hall” while starring on the Peacock’s short-lived U.S. adaptation of the U.K. comedy “Coupling.” Thesp also starred in NBC’s comedy “The Fighting Fitzgeralds.” On the bigscreen, Moynihan appeared in the Christopher Guest films “A Mighty Wind” and “For Your Consideration.”