In a competitive bidding situation with ABC, CBS has landed a comedy about an Italian-Puerto Rican family from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas, comedian Chris Distefano and Sony TV. The untitled project, in the multi-camera/hybrid style of How I Met Your Mother, has received a pilot production commitment. It was inspired by the comedy of Distefano, an Italian American from Brooklyn and a new dad who married a Puerto Rican woman. (watch below his Late Night set, in which he talks about his family)
The comedy centers on Izzy and Chris, two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their loud families – one Puerto Rican, one Italian. Bays and Thomas will write the script based on a story they are co-writing with Distefano. Bays and Thomas executive produce through their company Bays Thomas Prods alongside the duo’s development executive, Brian Bockrath, and Distefano. Sony TV, where Bays and Thomas are under an overall deal, is the studio.
In addition to the family comedy project, Bays and Thomas have the half-hour My Time/Your Time through Sony. The project, written by Hilary Winston, went to pilot last season, and the network is looking to redevelop it. Bays, Thomas and Distefano are repped by UTA. Distefano is managed by Rick Dorfman.
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