Looking to make his mark as Showtime’s new entertainment prexy, David Nevins has turned to a familiar face: John Wells.
Scribe Tom Perrotta is adapting his bestseller “The Wishbones” for Showtime through Wells’ Warner Bros. TV-based production company. Half-hour comedy reps Nevins’ first official piece of development at the pay cabler.
“The Wishbones” also reps the second project that Wells has set up at Showtime, which has given a series order to his adaptation of the British series “Shameless.”
“The Wishbones” centers on a group of guys who form a wedding band in their small town but aspire to rock ‘n’ roll greatness.
Putnam originally published Perrotta’s novel in 1997; the book has gone through a decade of feature development hell before it was finally positioned as a comedy series project for Showtime.
Wells (through John Wells Prods.) and Perrotta will serve as exec producers, while Warner Bros. TV is the studio.
“I’ve loved Tom Perrotta’s work for years, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work on a series with him,” Wells said.
Andrew Stearn and Robin Budd are also attached to “The Wishbones.”
Development reps a reunion of sorts for Nevins and Wells. As senior VP of primetime series at NBC in the late 1990s, Nevins oversaw series that included Wells’ Peacock staples “ER” and “The West Wing.”
As for Wells, “Shameless,” starring William H. Macy and Joan Cusack, has been given a 12-episode order at Showtime. Production on that show gets under way later this month.
Wells’ other recent credits include “Southland.”
Besides “The Wishbones,” Perrotta’s credits include the novels “Election” and “Little Children,” both of which were turned into feature films.