EXCLUSIVE: Mike Wolfe, the creator and star of History’s hit docu-reality series American Pickers, is venturing into scripted programming with a multi-camera comedy at CBS. The untitled project, from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Tannenbaum Co., is a workplace comedy set in an antiques and collectibles shop. It is based on Wolfe’s experiences starting off as a picker in his 20s, crisscrossing the country in search for valuable antiques and collectables. Tom Brady is set to write the script, with Fred Savage on board to direct the potential pilot. Wolfe, Brady, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum executive produce. “The story is based on my life as a picker, sure, but its appeal is that it’s really about everybody who ever looked for a treasure at a yard sale, bought a lottery ticket, rented a metal detector for a day at the beach or just found a curious old thing and wondered where it came from and if it was worth anything,” Wolfe said. “That’s just about everybody I know.”
American Pickers was a breakout hit for History when it premiered in 2010, becoming the year’s top new cable unscripted series. Wolfe, Brady and the Tannenbaums are with CAA.