CBS Orders Chris Distefano Comedy Pilot From ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators


The last remaining broadcast script with a big production commitment has gotten a pilot green light. CBS has picked up Distefano, a comedy about an Italian-Puerto Rican family starring comedian Chris Distefano, from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and Sony TV.

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The pilot, in the multi-camera/hybrid style of How I Met Your Mother, will be directed by HIMYM director/executive producer Pam Fryman. This is one of three comedy pilots the veteran multi-camera helmer has booked this season, along with CBS/CBS Studios’ 9J, 9K, and 9L starring Mark Feuerstein, and Bays and Thomas’ other hybrid CBS comedy pilot Real Life, written by Hilary Winston. which is being re-piloted after redevelopment. Fryman also directed the original pilot last year.

Inspired by the comedy of Distefano, an Italian American from Brooklyn and a new dad who married a Puerto Rican woman, Distefano centers on Izzy and Chris (Distefano), two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their loud families – one Puerto Rican, one Italian.

Bays and Thomas wrote the script based on a story they co-wrote with Distefano. Bays and Thomas executive produce through their company Bays Thomas Prods alongside the duo’s development executive, Brian Bockrath, Distefano and Fryman. Sony TV, where Bays and Thomas are under an overall deal, will co-produce with CBS TV Studios.

This is Bays and Thomas’ second pilot order this season, along with Real Life. It is Sony TV’s fifth comedy pilot.

CBS’ 2017 comedy pilot tally stands at six — two multi-camera, two single-camera and two hybrid.

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