EXCLUSIVE: For his first writing effort since the end of Happy Endings, the series’ showrunner Jonathan Groff is taking on another single-camera comedy about a group a friends. CBS has given a put pilot commitment to The 40s, which explores the trials and tribulations of that special time in life for a group of friends living on the same street. Groff is writing and executive producing for ABC Studios where he is under an overall deal. This is the second put pilot commitment at CBS for ABC Studios, which has been very aggressive in selling to outside networks this season, along with a multi-camera comedy from Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and Danny Chun.
This marks Groff’s second big commitment so far this season and the fourth sale, joining Dinks with Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael, which has a pilot production commitment at ABC, as well as projects with Leila Strachan at CBS and with Vali Chandrasekaran at ABC. Groff, repped by UTA and Brillstein, co-created NBC’s Andy Barker and also previously worked on Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother.