CBS has its eye on bringing "Raising Hope" and "My Name Is Earl" creator Greg Garcia to their neck of the woods.
The network has given the greenlight to a pair of new comedy pilots from the producer, the single camera "Super Clyde" and an untitled multi-camera sitcom more in the CBS style.
"Super Clyde" has a bit of a "Kick Ass" ring to it, as it focuses on a meek, nerdy fast food worker who decides to become a superhero. The untitled project centers on a recently divorced man whose parents decide to move in with him, throwing his life off-balance. If either project gets picked up, it would signal the writer's return to the network after seven years since the cancellation of his co-created sitcom "Yes, Dear." Regardless, his time as showrunner on Fox's offbeat "Raising Hope" series has come to an end, despite the comedy getting picked up for another season.
CBS also gave the go ahead to two additional projects: "The McCarthys" from writer Brian Gallivan ("Happy Endings") and "The Ordained," a one-hour drama pilot from newcomer Lisa Takeuchi Cullen. The latter project centers on a Kennedy-esque family and its son who leaves the priesthood to become a lawyer in an effort to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated.
"The McCarthys" is another single-camera comedy the network has picked up. The series is loosely based on writer Gallivan's life as a black sheep gay son growing up in a large Irish-Catholic, sports-crazed Boston family.
The projects from Garcia in particular seem promising, given his penchant for putting an oddball charm on even the most mundane concepts. What do you think of these CBS pick-ups?