TV Land has closed a deal for a single-camera comedy script from Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. The husband-and-wife duo — both Groundlings alums — will executive produce through their production banner On The Day, and McCarthy is attached to guest star in the pilot episode.
Tentatively titled Friends with Melissa, the comedy is written, executive produced and inspired by the real lives of Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras (Mike Tyson Mysteries), who watched as their friends from The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars, while they toiled away writing for children’s television.
“We are continuing to build our stable of innovative, engaging and challenging comedies, which is exactly what Melissa, Ben and these writers have brought us,” said Keith Cox, EVP of Development and Original Programming for TV Land.
Added McCarthy and Falcone, “We are so excited to be working with Hugh, Rachel & Larry – such funny people, who are great friends.”
This is the latest TV project that McCarthy and Falcone have produced together. It is one of several in development for TV Land, along with the recently announced I Shudder starring Hamish Linklater and produced by Dan Jinks and Paul Rudnick, and the untitled John Wells/John Riggi/Warner Horizon Television project inspired by the life of Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills).
McCarthy and Falcone are repped by CAA and MGMT. Davidson and Ramras are repped by ICM Partners, and Dorf is repped by Odenkirk Provissiero and Gersh.