CBS Buys Comedy from HUMANITAS Trustee Bill Lawrence
In a competitive situation, CBS has made a pilot production commitment to a multi-camera comedy executive produced by Bill Lawrence. Written and executive produced by Jeff Astrof, the project revolves around two lifelong best friends who are poised to become successful restaurateurs — if they can keep from killing each other. In order to keep their business (and friendship) alive, the two decide to see a couples therapist, who will guide them through life, love and the fast-paced world of being big-city restaurant owners.
The setup might draw parallels to the USA dramedy Common Law, about two cop partners whose constant bickering and disdain for each other prompts their commanding officer to send them to a couples therapist. But the Meatball comedy is rooted firmly in reality via Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, who serve as consulting producers. The duo, who own the Meatball Shop restaurants in New York City, are best friends from high school who teamed to open a restaurant together. They soon realized they can’t stand working together, bickering over every decision, but their business took off and, with millions of dollars at stake, they couldn’t break up and had to find a way to hold it together. So they started seeing a marriage counselor.
Read more at Deadline: http://deadline.com/2014/09/bill-lawrence-jeff-astrof-meatball-comedy-cbs-833866/