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CBS Developing Politically-Themed Comedy Series With ‘Odd Couple’ Team (EXCLUSIVE)

CBS is developing a new multi-camera comedy series with the executive producers of “The Odd Couple,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Currently titled “Mr. Frederick,” the show would follow a progressive family that welcomes their lonely widowed neighbor into their lives only to learn he’s an outspoken conservative. Ryan Raddatz will write and executive produce. Husband and wife team Eric and Kim Tannenbaum will executive produce. CBS Television Studios will produce.

This is not the first time the trio has worked together. While the Tannenbaums were executive producers on CBS’ remake of “The Odd Couple,” Raddatz worked as a writer and supervising producer on the series. In addition to “The Odd Couple,” Raddatz has written for and produced “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Impastor,” the latter of which was executive produced by the Tannenbaums. He also wrote for the short-lived Robin Williams sitcom “The Crazy Ones” and was a writer on “1600 Penn.” The Tannenbaums currently executive produce the Freeform comedy “Young & Hungry,” and have previously executive produced shows like “Two and a Half Men,” “Impastor,” and “Notes from the Underbelly.” All three are repped by CAA, while Raddatz is also repped by Gotham/Principal.

This marks the latest series with political overtones that CBS has put into development this year. CBS is also developing a comedy called “Welcome to Maine” about a Maine family and a recent immigrant and his daughter who must all learn to embrace change when they share the same workplace in a tiny rural town. In addition, Gina Rodriguez is developing a drama series at the network about a Latina immigrant doctor who opens a makeshift clinic in her apartment to serve the community, one of a pair of Latino-led series Rodriguez is developing for broadcast.

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