Written by Steve Pink (High Fidelity), The Interventionist is based on Tom’s life as a recovering addict and interventionist for substance abusers in LA.
Arnold, Pink and Kaplan executive produce with Alex Hardcastle, Glenn Porter and Kapital’s Dana Honor. Hardcastle (Grace and Frankie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) is set to direct the potential pilot.
The project was originally bought by TV Land before migrating to sibling Paramount Television, which has been designated as Viacom’s lead scripted brand. Two newly picked up TV Land series, American Woman, starring Alicia Silverstone, and Heathers, also have made the move to Paramount Network to be part of the slate that will launch the rebranded channel in early 2018. Programming for both TV Land and Paramount Network is overseen by Keith Cox.
Arnold and Pink are both former clients of Kaplan when he was a top agent at WMA. Pink recently reunited with Kaplan, directing the pilot for the Kapital Entertainment CBS single-camera comedy pilot Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices and an episode of Kapital’s Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet.
“Tom’s stories as an interventionist are incredible,” Kaplan said. “I loved working with him as my client (when I was an agent), and we’ve been looking for something to work on together for the past many years so I’m so excited to be working with him, Steve and Alex on The Interventionist! ”
This also marks Kaplan’s return to Viacom where he landed some of his first series orders as a producer with the 2013 Nick and Nite comedies Instant Mom, which ran for three seasons, and Wendell and Vinnie.
Veteran comedy actor Arnold has been open about his struggles with addiction over the years and the fight to stay sober. (You can watch one interview with him on the subject below). Arnold is repped by MGMT Entertainment, ICM Partners and Bloom Hergott.
Hardcastle recently directed the pilot and multiple subsequent episodes for Paramount Network’s American Woman. He is with WME. Pink is repped by UTA.