EXCLUSIVE: Last season, a last-minute sale at CBS of a comedy co-written by Larry Dorf & Ben Falcone and produced by Melissa McCarthy resulted in a pilot, which was a serious contention for a series pickup. Now, all auspices have reunited for an encore.
CBS has bought Wake Up Call, an ensemble comedy to be co-executive produced by Mike & Molly star McCarthy and co-written/co-executive produced by her husband, actor-writer Falcone, and fellow actor Dorf. It is about a group of friends whose lives are changed when “’til death do us part” comes a whole lot sooner than expected. The studio behind Mike & Molly, Warner Bros. TV, which produced the Falcone-Dorf-McCarthy comedy last year, is also backing the new show. Like at the time of sale last year, Falcone is not attached to star. He ended up acting in the pilot. This year, Falcone is tied to another project — he is set as the lead of TV Land’s single-camera pilot I’m Not Dead. McCarthy earned an Emmy for her starring role on CBS’ Mike & Molly last year and is nominated again this year, along with a guest starring nomination for her hosting stint on Saturday Night Live. McCarthy and Falcone are repped by CAA and Christian Donatelli; Dorf is with Paradigm and Odenkirk Provissiero.