CBS is giving an Irish-American family comedy another shot.
The network has ordered a new pilot of “The McCarthys.” It will be converted from single-camera to multi. Discussions are ongoing with the cast members about doing the new pilot. Fred Savage (“The Wonder Years”) directed the first pilot.
“The McCarthys” will center on an Irish-Catholic, sports-obsessed Boston family and its gay son, at CBS. That son’s greatest sin isn’t being gay, but instead is his wanting to spend less time with the family. Jackie Weaver, Joey McIntyre and Jake Lacy will star in the family comedy.
Brian Gallivan is writing the show. Will Gluck was exec producing and Gallivan and Olive Bridge’s Richie Schwartz were co-exec producing at the time of the first pilot.
“The McCarthys” was one of the pilots in serious consideration for being picked up as a series this pilot season, and was called one of the strongest comedies at the network in years.
Savage will also helm “Jacked Up,” a half hour pilot starring Patrick Warburton. Warburton plays a recently retired baseball player having trouble adjusting to retirement. Greg Malins (“Friends”) will write and exec produce along with executive producer Doug Robinson and producer Warburton.
Savage is best known for starring in “The Wonder Years” and film “The Wizard” as a young man. His brother Ben starred in “Boy Meets World.”
Savage also recently directed episodes of “Modern Family” and “2 Broke Girls.” Last year he was set to direct Martin Lawrence’s multicamera comedy for CBS, but it was ultimately passed over.