Lucas Hazlett, a participant in CBS’ 2016 Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, is set to write and topline Outnumbered, a semi-autobiographical hybrid comedy for CBS. It is one of three projects sold to the network by Oscar-winning American Beauty producer Dan Jinks, along with cop drama Crusader, written by NCIS: New Orleans executive producer Chris Silber, and the Upstairs Downstairs-themed single-camera comedy Rich Folks penned by The Simpsons supervising producer Ryan Koh. The projects hail from CBS TV Studios, where Jinks’ The Dan Jinks Company has an overall deal.
Hazlett is under a talent deal at CBS stemming from his appearance in the showcase. He and Jinks met after one of the showcase performances through a mutual friend, Danny Fernandez, a writer for the showcase. They bounced ideas off each other and decided to work together. (You can watch a group skit with Hazlett from the showcase below.)
Outnumbered follows an adult son (Hazlett) who moves back in with his mother and her new fiancé and becomes the nanny to his children. Hazlett, a gay, biracial Jewish man who grew up with his white mother, was inspired by his own life in writing Outnumbered. Jinks executive produces with 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Olivia Gerke. Hazlett co-executive produces.
Written by Silber, Crusader centers on a turnaround expert appointed by the Department of Justice to take over as Oakland’s Chief of Police and use her unorthodox methods to revolutionize her hometown police department. Silber and Jinks executive produce.
Written by Koh, single-camera comedy Rich Folks is about a middle-class family that rents the guesthouse of a needy rich couple. Koh and Jinks executive produce.
Hazlett, who previously was featured in ABC and NBC diversity showcases, has an arc on the new MTV comedy series Loosely Exactly Nicole. He is repped by CAA and 3 Arts. Silber is repped by UTA. Koh is repped by UTA.
Last season, Jinks executive produced the high-profile CBS/CBS Studios drama pilot Drew, a contemporary take on Nancy Drew, which narrowly missed the cut for a series order. He is repped at UTA.