CBS has picked up its first comedy pilot for the 2015-16 season, a multi-cam from “Cougar Town” creator Bill Lawrence. The net also ordered a legal drama pilot from “Grey’s Anatomy” producers.
The half-hour comedy “Untitled Tommy Johnagin Project,” inspired by the comedian’s life, will star Johnagin as a standup raising a family in a small Midwestern town. Lawrence will exec produce, along with Jeff Ingold (“Ground Floor”) and “Cougar Town’s” Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, who will pen the pilot with Johnagin, who also serves as co-executive producer. The project hails from Warner Bros. TV.
CBS has also given a pilot order to their third drama of the cycle, the “Untitled Phelan and Rater Project” from “Grey’s Anatomy” exec producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, who will exec produce with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. The hourlong series centers around a chic and successful defense lawyer who gets romantically involved with one of her clients who may be guilty of a serious crime. CBS TV Studios will produce, and Phelan and Rater will also serve as writers.
CBS previously announced their jump into the superhero world with a series commitment to “Supergirl” from Greg Berlanti (CW’s “Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“The New Normal,” “Glee”). The net is also developing a “Criminal Minds” planted spinoff, starring Gary Sinise. The episode is set to air this season.