EXCLUSIVE: Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin have teamed with their longtime friend Nick Zano for a half-hour comedy co-written by and starring Zano. The project, titled Nicky, has been set up at Warner Bros TV and will be shopped to the networks this coming development season. Nicky is based on Zano’s experiences being raised in a multi-generational house of seven women in New Jersey. He will play 30-year old Nicky, who is trying to finally move out of the house only to realize he needs to stay and help raise his youngest sister. Tatum and Carolin will executive produce through their production company, marking the duo’s first foray into TV series, while Zano will co-executive produce.
Zano, Tatum and Carolin, who have been friends for years, had been looking for a way to tell Nick’s life story for a while. Following Zano’s recent recurring stints on CBS’ 2 Broke Girls and ABC’s Happy Endings, the trio decided that a half-hour comedy series would be the perfect vehicle for the idea. Zano, repped by UTA and John Carrabino, also previously co-starred on What I Like About You and recurred on Cougar Town and did features Final Destination and 10 Years, which was produced by Tatum and Carolin and starred Tatum.
Fresh off producing hit Magic Mike, Tatum and Carolin, repped by UTA and Management 360, have several upcoming films including Tatum-starrers White House Down out June 28; the sequels to 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike; and Evel, their Evel Knievel biopic with Sony and The Social Network producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, with Tatum set to play the famous daredevil.