Brad Garrett is taking another crack at bat and ABC is happy to give him the ballpark to play in. The comic actor who hit it big as the older brother in 'Everybody Loves Raymond' has since starred in ''Til Death' and the short-lived 'How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life).' ''Til Death' was a success while 'How to Live with Your Parents' has to be considered a failure--even though Garrett was arguably the best part of that series. Now, Garrett is stepping into another single-camera comedy project, but this time he'll be co-writing the series as well as starring.
'When the Balls Drop' is the name of both this new television series project, as well as Garrett's upcoming autobiographical book. The series is described as an honest look at life’s second half through the eyes of a divorced family man as he juggles home life, work, and the hilarious realities of middle-age. ABC has ordered the project to be developed into a pilot.
While Garrett is an accomplished actor, having won three Primetime Emmy Awards to date, 'When the Balls Drop' will be his first writing credit for either television or film. Luckily, he won't be doing it alone: he'll be co-writing the series with Chuck Tatham, a man nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards in his own right. Tatham cut his teeth as a writer on 'Full House' and has since written for 'Arrested Development' and 'How I Met Your Mother.'
20th Century Television has signed Garrett to an overall talent deal, meaning that if 'When the Balls Drop' doesn't get picked up beyond the pilot stage, the production company would be able to place Garrett in another project to their mutual benefit. I'm glad to hear it; as he proved on 'How to Live with Your Parents,' Garrett understands the single-camera format and has wonderful comedic timing.