UPDATED: CBS has bought a multi-camera comedy from brothers Tim and Michael Hobert. The project, produced by Warner Bros Television, is about a newly married man who happens to be from a big family… he just doesn’t know it yet. It stems from Hoberts’ real-life experiences. Tim and Mike Hobert come from a large family — they are the middle and the youngest of five brothers. The two will co-write, with Tim Hobert executive producing and Mike Hobert co-executive producing. Last year, the two sold another semi-autobiographical comedy through Warner Bros TV, which was based on their experience working together. (Mike started off as an assistant for his 12-years-older writer-producer brother.) UTA-repped Tim Hobert, former executive producer/showrunner on the Fox comedy series ‘Til Death, serves as co-executive producer on the ABC/WBTV comedy The Middle.
Meanwhile, ABC has bought a comedy from Nastaran Dibai (Retired At 35, According To Jim). Inspired by personal experience, the project, from ABC Studios, centers on a widow who is trying to move on with her life. Dibai is executive producing with Aaron Kaplan and Retired At 35 EPs Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel. This marks the first solo pilot writing effort for Dibai, who for the past two decades had been teamed with her husband and writing partner Jeffrey Hodes until his sudden death exactly a year ago. The duo previously worked with Kaplan on the ABC pilot Funny In Farsi.