That was fast: New comedy from “How I Met Your Mother” scribes winds up at CBS

Baysthomas CBS has pre-emptively given a pilot order to “Livin’ on a Prayer,” the new sitcom project from “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

Project, created by “HIMYM” scribes Kourtney Kang and Joe Kelly, revolves around a Pittsburgh couple who are dating — and mulling the next stage of their relationship.

Thomas called the multi-cam hybrid (shot in the style of “HIMYM”) a “logical extention of ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ with a couple at the center of it, instead of being about the single life. We grew up writing ‘Mother,’ and now we can figure out the next chapter of the story.”

It probably didn’t hurt that CBS opened its pitch meeting on Monday with the scribes by handing “How I Met Your Mother” a sixth season pickup.

It’s been a week of riches for Bays and Thomas, whose new eight-figure pact with 20th Century Fox TV was also revealed on Monday.

Pickup also gave 20th another reason to celebrate: It reps the third spec script from the studio to score a pilot order. 20th earlier landed pilots at Fox for the specs “Most Likely to Succeed,” from Dave Walpert, and “Traffic Light,” an adaption by Bob Fisher of an Israeli TV format.

Also at the Eye, new drama pilot orders included “Chaos,” from Tom Speizaly and Brett Ratner, and an untitled cop drama from Ed Redlich and John Belluci.

 “Chaos” centers on a group of rogue CIA operatives. Spezialy and Ratner exec produce the drama, which comes from 20th Century Fox TV.

Then there’s the Redlich/Bellucci drama, which follows the world of a female NYPD detective who has a special ability that allows her to remember everything.

Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios are producing. Redlich and Belluci are EPs, along with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

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  1. Bryan Irrera says:

    wait…it’s called “Livin’ on a Prayer”…like the Bon Jovi song? But, it takes place in PITTSBURGH? Shouldn’t it take place in NEW JERSEY?

  2. atlanta says:

    “Pickup also gave 20th another reason to celebrate…” When will Variety discover grammar, and add “the” to the beginning of sentences?

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