Sony Pictures TV is once again off to a fast start in a what has been another sluggish early going in the broadcast selling marketplace. The studio has sold two comedy projects with significant penalties — So Where Were We, from writer Matt Tarses and the Sony TV-based company of Tarses’ sister Jamie, Fanfare, to ABC; as well as an untitled half-hour from writer Billy Finnegan (Bad Teacher) and another Sony TV-based production company, Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge, to NBC. They join Sony TV’s recent deal for a multi-generational family comedy starring Bill Cosby from Mike O’Malley and Mike Sikowitz, which has a big penalty, and another NBC comedy sale with penalty, for a project from Bad Teacher developer/exec producer Hilary Winston.
ABC’s So Where Were We is based on an Israeli format. (watch below an English-language trailer that gives a good idea of the premise.) Written by Matt Tarses, who has been working on the ABC/Sony TV comedy The Goldbergs, the single-camera comedy centers on a husband who just wants to spend the day at home, but whose wife can’t sit still. So they compromise and go out. In a new location every week, the husband’s small acts of rebellion or errors in judgment or bad decisions snowball toward disaster. The original series, from United Studios of Israel, was the most successful comedy on Channel 10 in recent years. The deal was brokered by ICM Partners and Allison Binder on behalf of USI. Sony TV and Fanfare previously teamed for another adaptation of an Israeli marriage comedy format, Your Family Or Mine, which recently landed a series order at TBS.
Last year, Sony TV and Fanfare also had a competitive early comedy sale with a big commitment, Marry Me at NBC, which went to pilot and is NBC’s highest-profile new comedy series for next season.
NBC’s Billy Finnegan project centers on Addie Burns who didn’t think life in New York City could get any worse… then she went through one door and it got a whole lot better.