USA Network continues its push in half-hour comedy. The cable network has bought Smother, a project from writers Jeremy Miller & Dan Cohn, Universal TV and Peter Traugott’s studio-based TBD Prods about a 30-year-old man who has three moms after his mother and father both marry other women. When he has to go back to living at home, all three moms take control of his financial, professional and personal life. Miller and Cohn executive produce alongside Traugott and Rachel Kaplan of TBD, Brad Epstein of Panther Films and Margaret Riley of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Traugott and Riley began working on the idea while Traugott was still at Brillstein, with the project ultimately landing at Uni TV after Traugott set up shop there.
USA has been looking to expand into original half-hour comedies. It currently has pilot Sirens in serious contention for a series order and is contemplating picking up ABC’s Happy Endings if the network doesn’t renew it. Miller and Cohn recently sold the comedy feature pitch Happy Birthday to Disney with the Whitaker Company producing. They are also writing a one-hour drama for Fox 21 entitled The Warden, about a prison warden going through an identity crisis. Miller and Cohn, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, were featured on the most recent Black List with their original feature screenplay The Portland Condition, which has Jim Carrey attached to star and Beau Flynn and Michael Aguilar to produce. Miller and Cohn will exec produce.