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CBS Orders 2 Pilots - Untitled Family Comedy Pilot Starring Tommy Johnagin & Untitled Legal Drama

CBS sprung into action today with its first traditional pilot orders, which went to two projects with big commitments: a comedy starring stand-up Tommy Johnagin and executive produced by Bill Lawrence and a drama from longtime Grey’s Anatomy executive producers Tony Phelan & Joan Rater and Elementary executive producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. (CBS also has in the works a Criminal Minds planted spinoff.)

The comedy, which hails from Warner Bros. TV, had a pilot production commitment, while the drama, from CBS’ sister studio, had a put pilot commitment.

The untitled Tommy Johnagin project was written by Johnagin and Surviving Jack and S#*! My Dad Says creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. It stars Johnagin as a stand-up comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town. Until he moved to Los Angeles four years ago, Illinois-born Johnagin lived in southern Illinois and St. Louis, launching and building his career from there. Halpern, Schumacker and Doozer’s Lawrence and Jeff Ingold executive produce, with Johnagin co-executive producing for WBTV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer banner.