EXCLUSIVE: CMT is officially in the scripted series business with the pickup of comedy pilot Working Class to series. I hear the cable network has given the the multi-camera project from writer/executive producer Jill Cargerman (Gary Unmarried) a 12-episode order. Working Class stars Reba alumna and The Singing Bee host Melissa Peterman as a blue-collar, single mom who moves into a home she can barely afford in an affluent neighborhood in order to provide the best life possible for her kids. Peterman serves as a producer along with her manager Darris Hatch. Production is tentatively scheduled to begin in October for a possible January premiere.
Working Class was one of 4 comedy pilots that CMT greenlighted in April as part of its first foray into original scripted development under SVP comedy development Brad Johnson. The fate of the other three, The Hard Life, The 30 Percent and an untitled project from David Litt, is unclear at this time, but I hear that one might receive a series order down the line. Cargerman is with UTA, Peterman with APA.