A couple of comedy series have landed at FOX and CBS, both receiving script commitments with penalty.
Recalling the early days of television when weekly sitcoms were broadcast live, FOX picked up a project from comedy writer-producers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith called Live From Our Living Room. This show is described as a re-imagining of the traditional domestic family multi-camera sitcom, with the wrinkle that it will be shot and aired LIVE every week.
Once the norm for TV, live comedy is now extremely rare, with NBC's Saturday Night Live alone carrying the torch. On occasion, a handful of comedy series have produced special live episodes, including 30 Rock, The Drew Carey Show, and Will & Grace, but those have been designed to grab ratings and are the exception to the rule. Previously, the husband-and-wife team of Goldsmith and Yuspa worked with FOX on the sitcom 'Til Death, which lasted for four seasons.
The other comedy was purchased by CBS and reunites the team behind Daddy's Girls, a well-received NBC pilot that came close to a series order last season. Entitled Friends With Better Lives, the project is a hybrid comedy that consists of a group of friends in their mid 30s who each think that the other has it better. Sounds like the way I feel every time I check Facebook.
Written and executive produced by Dana Klein, the new show is also exec-produced by Aaron Kaplan and produced by 20th Century Fox TV, all of whom worked on Daddy's Girls, which narrowly missed a series order but brought the team together.
While the live episode gimmick is probably the only reason Live From Our Living Room got picked up, Friends With Better Lives sounds like it could have potential depending on the chemistry among the cast. What do you think about these two new comedy projects?