EXCLUSIVE: In their pilot directing debut, feature directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are set to helm and executive produce ABC’s Cullen brothers single-camera comedy pilot. Additionally, joining the cast of the multi-generational family comedy, which locked in James Caan earlier today, is Ben Koldyke (How I Met Your Mother, Big Love). Requa and Ficarra, who wrote and directed I Love You Phillip Morris, wrote Bad Santa and directed Crazy, Stupid, Love, were hotly pursued for pilots this season.
The Cullen brothers project, from 20th TV, centers on Terry Gannon, a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father (Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player. She reluctantly starts coaching her son Tommy’s (Griffin Gluck) underdog Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind. Koldyke will play Dick Slingbaugh, the macho, handsome Little League coach who’s more than a little full of himself. This marks Koldyke’s return to ABC where he starred in the ill-fated comedy Work It last season. He is with Gersh and Brian Medavoy. The Cullen brothers are executive producing the pilot with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, Requa and Ficarra. Charlie Gogolak, Requa and Ficarra’s producing partner at Zaftig Films, serves as producer. WME-repped Requa and Ficarra have been prepping con-artist feature comedy Focus starring Kristen Stewart.