CBS is expanding its relationship with John Ross Bowie and Kevin Sussman. The network has bought a multi-camera comedy from the actor-writers best known for their recurring roles on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. Tentatively titled The Second Coming of Rob, the Sony TV-produced ensemble project is loosely based on Bowie’s life and centers on a recent divorcee looking for a do-over on his twenties when he reunites with his college buddies after seven years of marital “incarceration.” Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak of Principato-Young, which manages Bowie, will executive produce, with Bowie and Sussman co-executive producing and Sussman’s manager Jill McGrath serving as a producer.
Bowie and Sussman met and became friends while guest starring together on The Big Bang Theory, where they have recurred as Leonard and Sheldon’s nemesis Barry Kripke and comic book store owner Stuart, respectively. Sussman just got promoted to a regular for next season. The two wrote comedy spec Dark Minions, which caught Sony TV’s attention and led to Bowie and Sussman last year teaming with the studio for comedy The Ever After Part, which sold to Fox, and now for The Second Coming of Rob. The writing team is additionally repped by APA.