John Cochran’s dream Hollywood run continues. After winning Survivor: Caramoan, he landed a comedy writer job on the CBS series The Millers. And now the 28-year-old Harvard Law graduate is getting a shot at creating his own show with the help of his mentor, The Millers creator Greg Garcia.
CBS has put in development Bob’s Your Uncle, a multi-camera comedy written by Cochran and executive produced by Garcia. The project, from CBS Studios and Garcia’s studio-based Amigos de Garcia Productions, centers on a hot shot lawyer who takes his socially awkward nephew under his wing and becomes his guide both in and out of the office. Cochran co-executive produces with Amigos de Garcia’s Alix Jaffe.
Cochran had been a huge Survivor fan since the reality series’ first season. He handed out Survivor newsletters during high school, wore a Survivor-style buff on his arm and at Harvard Law, he won the Dean’s Scholar Prize for writing an essay about the Survivor jury system as compared to the one employed by American courts. He first got on the show in 2011 when he finished 8th in the South Pacific season before going all the way on Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites a year later, crowned Sole Survivor by an unanimous vote to win $1,000,000.
In an aftershow interview with Survivor host Jeff Probst, Cochran revealed his comedy-writing ambitions. His comments got the attention of Raising Hope and My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia, who offered him a job on the spot as a writer on his CBS comedy series The Millers.
Here is a video of Cochran talking about landing his “first dream job” as a TV comedy writer on The Millers and about his hope to follow into his boss Garcia’s footsteps and create his own show.
This is the latest sale for Amigos de Garcia this season and Garcia’s latest collaboration with a writer from The Millers. He has two projects with Stephnie Weir, The Job Squad at ABC, based on a British format, which the two are writing, with Weir attached to star; and the Texas-set Y’all In The Family at CBS, penned by Weir. Also at CBS, Amigos de Garcia has the ESL teacher-centered How To Speak American, written by Bobby Bowman.
Cochran is repped by CAA. Garcia is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham.