Life in Pieces director/executive producer Jason Winer has teamed with two old college buddies — New Girl co-executive producers Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner — for This Might Hurt, a single-camera medical workplace comedy. The project from 20th TV, where Winer is under an overall deal and Sandler & Wenner work on New Girl, has been set up at Fox with a script commitment plus penalty.
Written/executive produced by Sandler and Wenner and executive produced by Winer through his Small Dog Picture Company, This Might Hurt revolves around the brilliant doctors at Wilshire Wellness who struggle to conceal the fact that their multi-specialty private practice has become an ethical and interpersonal sh*t-show.
Winer originally wrote and directed a single-camera comedy pilot titled This Might Hurt, set at a multi-specialty private medical practice, nine years ago. The pilot also was for Fox through 20th TV, the first project to come out of the first formal studio deal Winer had inked at 20th TV, where he has been ever since. Although that pilot didn’t go to series, it led to a big break: It was seen by 20th TV-based Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, who asked Winer to direct their ABC pilot Modern Family.
The new incarnation of This Might Hurt stems from a meeting Winer had this summer with 20th TV comedy development executives who were looking for workplace comedies, with emphasis on medical workplace comedies. That’s when Winer mentioned his old This Might Hurt idea.
Winer reached out to his old friends Sandler & Wenner, with whom he goes all the way back to Northwestern University, where they met writing and performing in campus comedy group the Mee-Ow Show. (That’s the three of them in the photo above from their college days).
Winer had just collaborated with the two on a feature script, East/West, for Universal. He shared the general idea for a medical workplace comedy, and they came back with a specific premise in the arena that became This Might Hurt. This marks Winer’s first TV collaboration with Sandler & Wenner, who are in their second year on New Girl and the first that allows for development. The duo previously wrote, executive produced and starred in AMC’s comedy pilot We Hate Paul Revere.
Winer is repped by ICM Partners and Mosaic. Sandler & Wenner are with ICM Partners and Thruline.