EXCLUSIVE: After a year-long stint as showrunners on CBS’ comedy $#*! My Dad Says, Will & Grace creators/executive producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are back creating their own shows. They have kept busy this season, selling two multicamera comedy projects — one at CBS and one at ABC — with put pilot commitments. Both projects hail from Warner Bros TV and Kohan and Mutchnick’s studio-based KoMut Entertainment, with the duo writing and executive producing.
The untitled CBS project is about 2 male best friends — one gay, one straight — who both are in serious relationships. Described as a show about “4 people in 3 relationships”, the comedy reflects the real-life longtime friendship between Kohan, who is straight, and Mutchnick, who is gay. Because of that connection, the idea has been near and dear to their hearts. The two tackled it before at CBS and ABC, with both projects going to pilot starring Jay Mohr and Brian Austin Green (CBS, 2007) and Alan Tudyk, Josh Cooke and Ty Burrell (ABC, 2008), but Kohan and Mutchnick had admitted they felt there were script, casting and other issues. The two had moved on when this year CBS approached them about revisiting the idea about a show based on their relationship but getting it right this time.
ABC’s Help is an Upstairs, Downstairs-style comedy about a rich family and the people who work for them. It centers on a young man — trained at the country’s leading culinary school — who lands a job as the personal chef for the dysfunctional owners of a family-run fashion empire. Kohan and Mutchnick, who won a best comedy series Emmy for Will & Grace, are repped by Scott Schwartz.