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Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone Land Pilot Deal with TV Land

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone aren’t the only ones benefiting from their fame.

The married couple have closed a deal with TV Land for a pilot script they are exec producing tentatively titled “Friends With Melissa.” Written and exec produced by Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras, it is inspired by the trios’ lives watching fellow Groundlings (including McCarthy) go on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars while they toiled away writing for children’s television. McCarthy will appear in the pilot episode.

“We are continuing to build our stable of innovative, engaging and challenging comedies, which is exactly what Melissa, Ben and these writers have brought us,” said Keith Cox, exec VP of development and original programming for TV Land. “With this script being from a group of alums from the Groundlings, we’re excited to know they’ll have an endless amount of creativity and interesting experiences to pull from.”

McCarthy and Falcone, who are exec producing through their production company On the Day, added that they are “so excited to be working with Hugh, Rachel and Larry – such funny people, who are great friends. TV Land is a great place for this show.”

McCarthy and Falcone are repped by CAA and MGMT. Davidson and Ramras are repped by ICM, and Dorf is repped by Odenkirk Provissiero and Gersh.

TV Land’s slate is filling up lately. Among the projects the cabler is developing are “I Shudder,” which stars Hamish Linklater and is produced by Dan Jinks and Paul Rudnick, and the untitled John Wells/John Riggi/Warner Horizon Television project inspired by the life of Kyle Richards (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”).

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