Meanwhile Fox sets Kasdan to helm Meriwether project
In a flurry of pilot activity, ABC and CBS ordered laffers Friday while NBC greenlighted a fantasy cop drama revolving around characters from Grimm’s fairy tales.
Separately, Jake Kasdan signed on to direct Fox’s untitled Liz Meriwether comedy pilot.
ABC’s two orders are “My Frickin’ Family,” from ABC Studios and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and “Bad Mom,” also from ABC Studios.
“Family” revolves around a couple with a baby and the culture clashes between its four very different grandparents. Project hails from scribe Erica Rivinoja and will be exec produced by Rivinoja and Peter Traugott.
“Bad Mom,” from writer Sharon Horgan and ABC Studios, centers around a mother who is struggling because her own mom wants her life back. Aaron Kaplan is exec producer.
CBS’ three laffer pickups include buddy comedy “How to Be a Gentleman,” which comes from CBS TV Studios and is based on the book of the same name. David Hornsby (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) will write and star as well as exec produce with Ted Schachter and Media Rights Capital.
The Eye will also field two sports-themed multicamera sitcoms: “Home Game” revolves around a former NFL player who returns home to his wife and daughters. Project from CBS TV Studios and Leverage was written by Warren Bell and Chris Nowak. Bell exec produces with Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg. Nowak is co-exec producer.
The other is an untitled project set in the world of sports radio, inspired by Colin Cowherd’s ESPN yakker. Bill Martin and Mike Schiff wrote the pilot and exec produce with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum for CBS TV Studios.
NBC’s “Grimm,” from Universal Media Studios, was written by Jim Kouf and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum David Greenwalt. Those two exec produce along with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner.
The Fox project from Meriwether, who penned current bigscreen release “No Strings Attached,” revolves around a “Bridget Jones”-type girl who moves in with three guys as they all learn surprising secrets. Kasdan’s most recent theatrical pic was 2007’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.”