Nicky, the half-hour project from Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin and their longtime friend Nick Zano, has sold to CBS with a script commitment. The comedy, co-written and to star Zano, was set up at Warner Bros TV in June. Comedy veterans Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen (Rules Of Engagement) have come on board to co-write with Zano the project, 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, along with Reich and Cohen, 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 the sequels to 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike; as well as 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.