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.