PILOTS: “Borat” team reunites for CBS comedy

Charles CBS has greenlighted a comedy pilot presentation from the “Borat” team of Larry Charles (right) and Ant Hines.

Also on Thursday, newcomer Jimmy Wolk has been tapped for the lead role in Fox’s drama pilot “Midland,” while Laz Alonso (“Avatar”) will star in the Fox pilot “Breakout Kings.”

Untitled Hines/Charles comedy centers on a dad — played by Paul Kaye — who re-enters the life of his now-famous daughter.

Hines wrote the pilot and will exec produce with Charles. Tantamount’s Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum and Mitch Hurwitz will exec produce as well. Sony Pictures TV is the studio.

Project reps the second presentation of the season for Charles, who also has a semi-scripted project in the works at NBC, along with Wonderland’s McG and Peter Johnson.

Hines wrote both “Borat” and “Bruno,” while Charles  — whose TV credits include “Mad About You,” “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — directed “Bruno.”

WolkIn the case of “Midland,” Wolk (left) will play Bob, a con artist who’s looking to get inside his wealthy in-laws’ oil business. 

Thesp also appeared in last year’s ABC pilot “Solving Charlie.” He also starred as a teacher with Tourettes Syndrome in the Hallmark Hall of Fame telepic “Front of the Class.”

Also joining “Midland” are exec producers Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman (“Party of Five”), who will exec produce along with writer Kyle Killen. Other EPs include Kerry Kohansky Roberts and Paul Weitz. Mark Webb is directing.

Keyser and Lippman have more recently worked on “In Treatment.” 20th Century Fox TV is behind “Midland.”

AlonsoAs for “Breakout Kings,” pilot centers on former fugitives who are tapped to work as U.S. Marshals.

Alonso’s (right) credits include “Dirty Sexy Money” and “The Unit,” as well as the features “Fast and Furious” and “Stomp the Yard.”

“Breakout Kings” comes from writers Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora. Both are EPs, along with Gavin Hood, who’s directing.

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