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ABC sets appointment for Cryer’s couch trip pilot

Astin, Krumholtz, Campbell 'Fear People'

ABC is moving forward with a pilot for Paramount TV’s midseason comedy contender “People Who Fear People.”

Jon Cryer heads an ensemble cast in the sitcom that follows the lives of four “paranoid single guys” in Gotham who take part in group therapy sessions with a tyro shrink played by Maria Pitillo.

“People” is exec produced by creator Victor Fresco (“Mad About You”); “Seinfeld” and “Frasier” alum Andy Ackerman is set to direct the pilot seg penned by Fresco.

“People” marks a reunion for Cryer and Pitillo (“Godzilla,” “True Romance”), who co-starred in the Fox sitcom “Partners” in 1995-96. David Krumholtz (“10 Things I Hate About You”), Mackenzie Astin (“The Last Days of Disco”) and Second City alum Larry Joe Campbell have been cast as Cryer’s pals.

Cryer’s latest stab at TV comes nearly a decade after he starred as a wunderkind Hollywood talent agent in the critically praised but Nielsen challenged CBS comedy “The Famous Teddy Z.”

Following “Partners,” Cryer also was a regular last season in Fox’s short-lived sitcom “Getting Personal.” Cryer’s pic credits include 1986’s “Pretty in Pink” and more recently, 1998’s “Holy Man.”

Fresco’s resume includes stints as exec producer on the Par sitcoms “Fired Up” and “Almost Perfect” and as a writer-producer on “Evening Shade” and “Dinosaurs.” He served as co-exec producer on “Mad About You” in 1994-95.

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