Mandeville isn’t planning on turning off the tube when “Monk” ends its run on USA Network this month.
Looking to get its next TV project on the air, the shingle’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman have set up six projects at ABC and the Disney Channel.
The Alphabet, where Mandeville has a first-look deal with ABC Studios, has picked up five projects:
- “Kegs,” from feature scribes Jason Filardi (“17 Again,” “Bringing Down the House”) and Mark Perez (“Accepted”), a workplace comedy about a family that runs a beer distribution biz. Bob Kushell (“Samantha Who?”), would serve as a supervising producer;
- “Tarrytown,” which R. Lee Fleming (“One Tree Hill”) is penning about an uptight single mom who moves in with her estranged younger brother and his daughter after they inherit their deadbeat father’s rundown house in the upscale suburb of Tarrytown, Texas;
- The docu-style “1-8-7 Detroit,” from scribe Jason Richman (“Swing Vote”) about detectives in the homicide capital of the U.S.;
- “Dorchester Heights,” from Nikki Toscano (“Las Vegas”), about five best friends in South Boston whose bond is threatened when secrets emerge after a close friend dies;
- And an untitled drama from Joy Gregory (“Joan of Arcadia,” “Jericho”) about a 40-year-old man who starts to live life as a 20-year-old when he sustains a head injury.
Mandeville also is developing the TV movie “Geek Charming” for the Disney Channel, based on Robin Palmer’s book. Liz Hackett & Hillary Gallanoy (also writing the pic “Further Adventures in Babysitting”) are adapting the project.
“Our TV projects have a mix of TV and film writers, and they’re comedies and dramas in all sorts of styles, and reflect the diversity we always strive for,” Hoberman said.
Paul Shapiro heads up Mandeville’s TV arm, having joined the company two years ago after development stints at Phase Two Prods. and Big Ticket Television.
“My goal here has always been to bring the same sort of passion for quality on the TV side,” Shapiro said.
Hoberman and Lieberman are developing the TV projects as they continue to serve as prolific producers on the Disney lot, having recently produced the pics “The Proposal,” sci-fi thriller “Surrogates” and comedy “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” for Disney and its Touchstone label.
They recently wrapped Paramount’s “The Fighter,” that stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. They’re developing a “Chihuahua” sequel and adaptation of the Jungle Cruise ride for Disney.
“Monk,” the detective dramedy starring Tony Shalhoub, aired on USA for eight seasons.
(Michael Schneider contributed to this report.)