You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

CBS gives greenlight to ‘Spitz’

'Scrubs' alum Chalke returns to ABC

CBS has given a pilot greenlight to “Team Spitz,” a comedy pilot starring ex-“Daily Show” correspondent Rob Riggle, while “Scrubs” alum Sarah Chalke is back at ABC.

“Team Spitz” stars Riggle as a bombastic high school football coach. CBS has been looking to find a vehicle for Riggle for some time; the comedian first signed a talent deal with the Eye in 2008. He also has regularly appeared on the Eye’s “Gary Unmarried.”

Bill Martin and Mike Schiff wrote the pilot and are exec producing; Peter Principato and Paul Young are also exec producers, as are Tantamount’s Eric and Kim Tannenbaum and Mitch Hurwitz.

Sony Pictures TV is behind the show, while CBS TV Studios has also been given a co-production credit.

A real-life Marine Corps Reserve major, Riggle’s credits also include “Step Brothers” and “Saturday Night Live.”

As for Chalke, thesp has been cast in ABC’s comedy pilot “Freshman.”

Chalke will play a freshman congresswoman on the show, which revolves around a group of politicos who live together in a Washington, D.C., house.

Chalke’s character, Jane, is a former businesswoman who won her seat in a landslide — but isn’t as lucky in her personal life.

Greg Malins is the writer-exec producer on “Freshman,” which comes from 20th Century Fox TV, while Arianna Huffington is also EP.

Chalke’s credits include a major guest arc last year on CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother,” where Malins is an exec producer.

Besides her eight-season stint on “Scrubs” (the last year of which was on ABC), Chalke appeared in “Roseanne,” where she was famously the show’s second Becky, and the longform “Maneater.”

More TV

  • Andrea Riseborough Nancy

    Gabriel Byrne, Andrea Riseborough, Amazon Board Cocaine Drama ‘ZeroZeroZero’

    CBS has given a pilot greenlight to “Team Spitz,” a comedy pilot starring ex-“Daily Show” correspondent Rob Riggle, while “Scrubs” alum Sarah Chalke is back at ABC. “Team Spitz” stars Riggle as a bombastic high school football coach. CBS has been looking to find a vehicle for Riggle for some time; the comedian first signed […]

  • Nordic Noir Gets Tropical Twist With

    Nordic Noir Gets Tropical Twist With Canary-set ‘Crimeshare’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    CBS has given a pilot greenlight to “Team Spitz,” a comedy pilot starring ex-“Daily Show” correspondent Rob Riggle, while “Scrubs” alum Sarah Chalke is back at ABC. “Team Spitz” stars Riggle as a bombastic high school football coach. CBS has been looking to find a vehicle for Riggle for some time; the comedian first signed […]

  • SCANDAL - "Over A Cliff" -

    'Scandal' Series Finale Recap: The Gladiators Say Goodbye in 'Over A Cliff'

    CBS has given a pilot greenlight to “Team Spitz,” a comedy pilot starring ex-“Daily Show” correspondent Rob Riggle, while “Scrubs” alum Sarah Chalke is back at ABC. “Team Spitz” stars Riggle as a bombastic high school football coach. CBS has been looking to find a vehicle for Riggle for some time; the comedian first signed […]

  • Bart Peters

    Former Audience Network Exec Bart Peters Launches Big Branch Productions

    CBS has given a pilot greenlight to “Team Spitz,” a comedy pilot starring ex-“Daily Show” correspondent Rob Riggle, while “Scrubs” alum Sarah Chalke is back at ABC. “Team Spitz” stars Riggle as a bombastic high school football coach. CBS has been looking to find a vehicle for Riggle for some time; the comedian first signed […]

  • David Hogg

    TV News Roundup: Freeform, ABC News Team for 'Parkland: For Our Lives' Special

    CBS has given a pilot greenlight to “Team Spitz,” a comedy pilot starring ex-“Daily Show” correspondent Rob Riggle, while “Scrubs” alum Sarah Chalke is back at ABC. “Team Spitz” stars Riggle as a bombastic high school football coach. CBS has been looking to find a vehicle for Riggle for some time; the comedian first signed […]

  • Henrik Bastin UTA

    'Bosch' Producer Fabrik Entertainment Signs With UTA (EXCLUSIVE)

    CBS has given a pilot greenlight to “Team Spitz,” a comedy pilot starring ex-“Daily Show” correspondent Rob Riggle, while “Scrubs” alum Sarah Chalke is back at ABC. “Team Spitz” stars Riggle as a bombastic high school football coach. CBS has been looking to find a vehicle for Riggle for some time; the comedian first signed […]

  • Pilot -- Upon learning that Lesley

    CBS Pulls Comedy 'Living Biblically' Off Schedule

    CBS has given a pilot greenlight to “Team Spitz,” a comedy pilot starring ex-“Daily Show” correspondent Rob Riggle, while “Scrubs” alum Sarah Chalke is back at ABC. “Team Spitz” stars Riggle as a bombastic high school football coach. CBS has been looking to find a vehicle for Riggle for some time; the comedian first signed […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content