CBS has put in development a comedy from two actors who have been expanding their resumes: The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who has been venturing into producing, and Marisa Coughlan (Side Order Of Life), who has been busy writing. The project hails from Warner Bros. TV and Parsons’ studio-based That’s Wonderful Productions.
The untitled multi-camera comedy is based on the life of writer and columnist Alyssa Shelasky, author of Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In And Out Of The Kitchen. It centers on an optimistic and independent woman nearing 40 with an eccentric and supportive family (all of whom live in her building). She decides to become a single mother and in the process learns that sometimes raising a child takes a village.
Coughlan will write the script from a story by her and Shelasky. Coughlan is executive producing with That’s Wonderful’s Parsons and Todd Spiewak. Shelasky will serve as producer.
On the writing side, Coughlan’s comedy Lost And Found was picked up to pilot by ABC in 2011 with Jordana Spiro cast as the lead. She also has a single-camera spec at WBTV through Berlanti Productions, written with an eye towards a cable sale.
That’s Wonderful, whose development is headed by Eric Norsoph, recently acquired Ryan O’Connell’s I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves to be developed as a half-hour comedy series.
That’s Wonderful Productions is repped by CAA, Gotham/Principal Entertainment, and Gang Tyre. Coughlan is reped by CAA, Thruline, and Jackoway Tyerman. Shelasky is repped by CAA and Sloss Eckhouse.