CBS has given a formal pilot order to multi-camera comedy Carol’s Second Act, starring and executive produced by Patricia Heaton in her return to the network after a successful nine-season run on ABC’s The Middle. Carol’s Second Act, which had a hefty series commitment, hails from Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Heaton and David Hunt’s FourBoys Entertainment and CBS TV Studios, where FourBoys is based.
Written by Halpern and Haskins, Carol’s Second Act centers around Carol Chambers (Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.
Halpern and Haskins executive produce with Heaton, Hunt and Rebecca Stay for FourBoys, Heaton’s manager, Adam Griffin, and Kaplan and Dana Honor for Kapital Entertainment. CBS TV Studios is the studio.
The pilot brings Heaton back to multi-camera comedy and to CBS where she starred on Everybody Loves Raymond, which earned her three Emmy awards. It is one of two hit comedy series Heaton has starred on that went to nine seasons, along with ABC’s single-camera The Middle.
Carol’s Second Act falls under the pod deal FourBoys signed with CBS TV Studios in August.
This is CBS’ third comedy pilot order this season, joining Chuck Lorre’s multi-camera Bob Hearts Abishola and Mike Royce’s hybrid The Story Of Us.
Halpern and Haskins created and executive produced the ABC comedy series Trophy Wife. The duo recently served as co-executive producers-writers on ABC’s The Mayor, Imaginary Mary and Black-ish. They are repped by UTA and Rise Management.
Kapital has three comedy series on CBS, returning Life In Pieces and freshmen, Fam, which recently premiered, and The Neighborhood, which was just renewed for a second season.
Heaton is repped by UTA, LINK Entertainment, The Artists Partnership and Skryzniarz and Mallean.