'Daily Show' alum for new pilot presentation
“The Daily Show” alum Rob Corddry has sealed a rich, multiplatform overall deal with Warner Bros. TV.
Under terms of the exclusive deal, Corddry will create, exec produce and star in a pilot presentation for the studio.
Warner Bros. has set aside money for Corddry to shoot a project, which would then be shopped to the networks.
Corddry said he’s penning an “unconventional family comedy” in which he’ll play the father; the show will be set in an off-kilter world. Like his hit Web series “Children’s Hospital,” which parodied hospital dramas like “Grey’s Anatomy,” the show also will be a parody, this time on the family laffer.
“It’s a weird world kind of comedy. Like in the movie ‘The Invention of Lying,’ it will be set in a world that doesn’t run by an exact rule,” he said.
Corddry said he’ll likely shoot the presentation in December. “Whether it will be one minute or 22 minutes, we’re going to shoot until the money runs out,” he said.
Joining Corddry as exec producers on the project are Peter Principato and Paul Young, under their Principato-Young Entertainment banner.
As for “Children’s Hospital,” which earned critical acclaim during its original 10-episode run on TheWB.com, the sitcom is about to make the transition to the TV screen.
Cartoon Network’s adult-targeted Adult Swim latenight block has picked up the show’s Web run — 10 episodes at five minutes each — and has ordered a second season of 12 new episodes (at an extended 11 minutes each) to run next year.
Adult Swim will combine the 10 existing five-minute segs to make five quarter-hour episodes, followed by the 12 new segs (for 17 all together).
Corddry exec produces, writes, directs and stars in “Children’s Hospital,” while David Wain and Jonathan Stern are also exec producers.
Meanwhile, Warner’s TheWB.com digital platform has ordered a new Web series from Corddry and his brother Nate (“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) that center on the siblings as an unlikely rock band.
The mockumentary will feature the brothers as they decide to exit show business in order to pursue their real passion as rock stars — in the style of the Bacon Brothers.
“Now that we’re doing ‘Children’s Hospital’ for TV, this is filling that hole where my Web freedom would be,” he said.
The Corddry brothers will exec produce along with Stern.
Beyond “The Daily Show,” Corddry’s credits include Fox’s “The Winner” and guest spots on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Arrested Development” and “Party Down.” His feature roles include “Old School,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Blades of Glory” and “Semi-Pro.”