EXCLUSIVE: CBS‘ off-cycle untitled Rob Greenberg comedy pilot will be shot in-cycle after production has been pushed to January. The project, from CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum Co., centers on a young guy (Chris Smith) who finds camaraderie living among three more experienced guys he meets in a short-term rental complex, including Gil (Kal Penn) and Frank (Tony Shalhoub).
CBS gave the project an off-cycle pilot order on July 10. Two weeks later, it cast Smith and Penn. Shalhoub came on board in mid-August but casting of the fourth male lead stalled. Shalhoub signed for the pilot a week after an announcement that he will star in Lincoln Center Theater’s 75th anniversary production of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy on Broadway, beginning November 8. The plan was for him to shoot the pilot before segueing to stage rehearsals. But because of difficulties casting the fourth lead, production on the pilot was postponed, missing the window of availability for both Shalhoub and Penn, who has other TV commitments this fall as well. The two will be able to return in January, which is the new target production start date for the pilot.