HUMANITAS Winner Bill Wrubel Gets Production Commitments from ABC and CBS

In a competitive situation, Talk Nerdy To Me, a multi-camera comedy from 2 Broke Girls writer-producer Morgan Murphy and former Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel, has landed at CBS with a pilot production commitment. Jerry Bruckheimer TV, which has been looking to expand into half-hour comedy series, is producing with Warner Bros TV, where the company is based.

Written by writer-comedian Murphy, the project is inspired by the blog Talk Nerdy to Me, Lover, edited by Jen Friel. It revolves around four smart, ambitious, twenty-something women — two computer programmers, a musician and a doctor — who share a house on the canals in Venice, CA, and support one another as they reach for their dreams professionally and personally.

Murphy and Wrubel executive produce with Jerry Bruckheimer TV’s Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. KristieAnne Reed co-executive produces.

This marks Wrubel’s second comedy collaboration to land a big commitment this season. Single-camera Dream Team, which Wrubel is co-writing with Kari Lizer, has received a pilot production commitment at ABC.

Written/executive produced by Lizer and Wrubel, Dream Team centers on Coach Marty Schumacher, who knows how to win in the world of girls’ club soccer. His last team went to the national championship, and those women are off playing in college, semipro, even the Olympic team. Now Coach Schumacher, who is known as “the star maker” (mostly by himself), has a documentary crew following him around as he assembles his next dynasty from a diverse group of little girls that bring along their diverse families. The project draws on personal experiences by Lizer, who — like so many others — is a soccer mom on the weekends. Lizer and Wrubel’s respective banners, Kari’s Logo Here and Here Comes Scrappy, produce in association with Warner Bros Television.

As the home of Modern Family, ABC — which has been looking for a successor to the Emmy-winning family comedy — would be a suitable home for Dream Team as the project shares some DNA with ABC’s flagship. In addition to the mocumentary style, Wrubel was a key writer-producer on the first five seasons of Modern Family, joining as a co-executive producer after the pilot and serving as an executive producer three seasons, sharing in the show’s five consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series.

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