Congrats to my husband, Warren Bell, and his writing partner, Chris Nowak, on their pilot pickup
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Friday January 28, 2011 @ 5:45pm PST
CBS brass had sports on their minds today, with pilot orders to two sports-themed multicamera comedies – an untitled sitcom inspired by ESPN personality Colin Cowherd’s outspoken sports talk show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and Home Game, a family show about a retired NFL player inspired by former NFL star Mark Schlereth and his family and executive produced by Mark Wahlberg.
The untitled sports radio show was written by comedy veterans Bill Martin and Mike Schiff (Grounded for Life) who are executive producing, with Cowherd serving as producer. Also executive producing are Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, whose company co-produces the project with CBS TV Studios. This marks Eric and Kim Tannenbaum’s first pilot order since they relaunched their Tannenbaum Co. banner last summer and set up shop at CBS TV Studios. They were previously partnered with Mitch Hurwitz at Sony Pictures TV for 3.5 years.
An interesting bit of trivia. In 2003, Cowherd was picked to replace another outspoken sports personality, Tony Kornheiser, for the late morning time slot on ESPN Radio. Like Cowherd, Kornheiser too was the inspiration for a CBS sitcom. The multicamera comedy Listen Up!, loosely based on Kornheiser life, starred Jason Alexander and had a short run during the 2004-05 season.
Home Game, from CBS TV Studios and Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson’s Leverage, is about a retired NFL player who returns home to his wife and daughters. Warren Bell and Chris Nowak wrote the script. Bell, Wahlberg and Levinson executive produce, with Nowak serving as a co-executive producer and Peter Sussman as producer. Also serving as producers are NFL player-turned-sportscaster Mark Schlereth, his wife Lisa and his daughter, actress Alexandria Schlereth. Mark Schlereth is one of only 35 players to win a Super Bowl with two different teams. This is the first broadcast and the first non-HBO pilot for Leverage, the company behind such HBO series as Entourage, In Treatment, Boardwalk Empire and How to Make It In America.
10:21 PM 1/28/2011 by Matthew Belloni
CBS has picked up the half-hour multi-camera comedy pilot Home Game inspired by the life of three-time Super Bowl champion and NFL pro Mark Schlereth.
The CBS TV Studios/Leverage pilot is from executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson and writers-executive producers Chris Nowak and Warren Bell.
Schlereth, currently an ESPN commentator, will also help produce, along with Lisa and Alexandria Schlereth and Peter Sussman.
Home Game is about a retired NFL player who returns home to his wife and daughters. It marks the second ESPN-related pilot pickup by CBS in a single day. The network earlier picked up a workplace comedy pilot inspired by ESPN personality Colin Cowherd‘s talk show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
Mark Wahlberg wants another hit on his hands.
The Entourage executive producer has sold a comedy pilot, titled Home Game, to CBS.
The show is inspired by the life of three-time Super Bowl champion and NFL pro Mark Schlereth, who will also help produce.
Mark is a great producer and has developed so many successful projects such as Entourage and The Fighter. We’re sure this will be a hit.