Untitled Burke/Tarses laffer greenlit by NBC
NBC has greenlit production of the untitled Matt Tarses/Bill Wrubel project — a half-hour laffer from NBC Studios’ Untitled Burke/Tarses Project.
With pilot pickup season starting to gather momentum, CBS also has greenlit “Clubhouse,” a drama from exec producers Mel Gibson and Aaron Spelling, along with scribe Daniel Cerone (“Charmed”).
As for the Peacock laffer, untitled comedy will revolve around two siblings: a workaholic ex-dork older sister and her slacker brother. Matt Tarses (“Scrubs”) and Wrubel (“Will & Grace”) create and wrote the pilot; they’ll exec produce with Matt’s sister, Jamie Tarses, and Karey Burke.
Pilot reps the first greenlight for the Untitled Burke/Tarses Project, as well as a chance for the Tarses siblings to work together.
Sister character is not based on Jamie Tarses, though Matt Tarses said there “are things about the character we stole from her. She can be very much a professional, but sometimes she can also be a goofball. I like that duality in a person.”
Wrubel’s brother also serves as an inspiration.
Burke said she and Jamie Tarses were “doing a big dance of joy” over the pickup.
“I’ve known Matt almost as long as Jamie, and Bill and I are old friends,” she said. “It’s a labor of love.”
Over at CBS, “Clubhouse” will be produced by Gibson’s Icon Prods. and Spelling TV. Pilot is based on an upcoming book by Matt McGough, recounting his experience as a bat boy in the early 1990s.
Show will revolve around Pete Young, a 16-year-old who lands a dream gig as a bat boy for the New York Yankees.
“Thematically it’s a show about a boy who’s learning to be a man essentially in a world of overgrown boys,” Cerone said. “Beyond that I see it as a adventure show. Every week Pete is getting access to adults and adult situations that a normal 16-year-old would never encounter. And it’s a story of firsts: his first love, his first kiss, first beer, first fistfight.”
Cerone will exec produce, along with Gibson, Spelling, Bruce Davey and E. Duke Vincent. McGough will serve as a producer.