HUMANITAS Trustee Bill Lawrence Gets Pilot Commitment from CBS


Bill-Lawrence-testIn 1995, following a stand-up appearance on Late Show With David Letterman in which he talked about his life as a father of young kids, then-thirtysomething comedian Ray Romano headlined a multi-camera comedy project at CBS inspired by his life, which would go to pilot and become a very successful series, Everybody Loves Raymond.

A fellow thirtysomething comedian and new father Tommy Johnagin is looking to follow in his footsteps. After a recent appearance on Letterman (his seventh, you can watch it below), Johnagin is getting to topline a multi-camera comedy for CBS inspired by his life. Like Romano, who teamed with Phil Rosenthal, Johnagin is partnering with TV writers, Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. The project, executive produced by Bill Lawrence, has received a pilot production commitment from the network. Warner Bros. TV, where Halpern and Schumacker are under an overall deal, produces with Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer.

It is shaping to be a big development season for Surviving Jack creators Halpern and Schumacker, who also received a pilot production commitment from ABC for multi-camera family comedy Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth. The CBS project reunites the duo with Lawrence and Doozer who together produced Surviving Jack.

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