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Variety

'Taste' passes Eye's test; Rock set to roll
Richter cast in Reisman laffer; Lee joins 'Housewives'

A handful of laffers eked out last-minute greenlights Tuesday, as Fox picked up untitled laffers from Chris Rock and Mark Perez, while CBS ordered the foodcentric Kirk Rudell sitcom "Taste."...

 

TV Tome
May 14, 2004

Tried and less true

Mining many of the themes that failed this year

By Christopher Lisotta

As much as the world seems to be bemoaning the death of the sitcom and the need for show creators to strike out on new ground, many of the high-profile comedy projects this year rely on conventions that have driven the market for years.
  They are: Put-upon dads, blended families, and likeable celebrities put into wacky situations.
   In other words, many of the same ideas that failed last year. 
   If the current season saw only modest success for newcomers on the drama side, for comedies the situation was even bleaker. 
  Sure, CBS had “Two and a Half Men,” ABC had “Hope and Faith” and UPN had “Eve,” but calling those shows breakouts is a stretch.
   Yet most of the more than 50 comedy pilots being developed by the six networks fail to explore any new ground.
   “Certainly everyone is going to be looking to see with ‘Friends’ and ‘Frasier’ going off, and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ probably in its last season, where is that next breakout comedy,” says Steve Sternberg, executive vice president, director of audience analysis for Magna Global USA.
   That blended family trend includes one of the most anticipated pilots this season, the “Friends” spinoff “Joey,” which takes Matt LeBlanc’s character Joey Tribbiani to LA to reunite with his sister Gina (Drea De Matteo from “The Sopranos”) and his brainy 20-year-old nephew.
   Rumor is NBC will let buyers see the full pilot episode Monday at its upfront presentation, something it hasn’t done since a similarly high-profile spinoff, “Frasier,” 11 years ago.
   With a 13-episode commitment, the stakes are pretty high for NBC and producer Warner Bros. TV. 
   Or are they?
   “Certainly 'Joey' is very important because it’s the ‘Friends’ spinoff,” Sternberg says, but he notes that Donald Trump has helped take off the edge.
    “It is not quite as important as it was before they had ‘The Apprentice’ on there.”
   Animation is another popular comedy ploy this year, with a surprising six cartoon pilots.
   The most expensive, at some $1 million per episode, is Dreamworks’ “Father of the Pride,” an animated take on the life of Siegfried & Roy’s white lions. Despite Roy Horn’s real-life tiger attack, the 13-episode commitment is expected to premiere this fall.
   NBC is playing it safe by keeping other former “Friends” around. 
   David Schwimmer is producing and directing NBC Studios’ “Nevermind Nirvana,” a blended family comedy where an Indian-born med student and his American girlfriend have to survive an unexpected pregnancy and his traditional parents.
   Other hopefuls include “Beverly Hills SUV,” an NBC Studios production with Henry Winkler working in a cutthroat car dealership, and an American version of the BBC cult hit “The Office.”
   ABC looks like it will need new shows in all three of its comedy blocks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Strong contenders include Touchstone’s “The Furst Family,” the trials of a “Roseanne”-like working class brood that features Laurie Metcalf, French Stewart and Marissa Jaret Winokur, and “The Savages,” Mel Gibson’s semi-autobiographical take on raising a household of boys.
   And as long as her 15 minutes aren’t up, one of those star vehicles may make it -- Jessica Simpson is playing “Jessica Sampson,” a popular blonde beauty who is offered a job at a TV newsmagazine.
   With needs on Monday and Wednesday, CBS is looking to formerly successful TV stars. It may tap former “Seinfeld”-er Jason Alexander’s pilot “The Tony Show,” where Alexander will play Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser.
   CBS Productions and Warner Bros. are putting together “Center of the Universe,” which stars John Goodman as a family man surrounded by his family -- Olympia Dukakis, Jean Smart and Ed Asner. Also in contention is “Taste,” a Regency Television/CBS Productions comedy that stars Jane Krakowski (“Ally McBeal”) as an up-and-coming New York chef.
   Fox has already announced that two of its pilots have been picked up and will start airing in June: “Quintuplets,” 20th TV and Imagine Television’s look at life with five kids for father Andy Richter; and “Method & Red,” a look at hip-hop stars Method Man and Redman after they move into an all-white gated community.
   More could come after postseason baseball, especially animated fare such as “American Dad,” a take on a family where dad works for the CIA, or “The Boondocks,” Sony’s adaptation of Aaron McGruder’s comic strip about two black kids living in the suburbs.
   UPN has potential needs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and its most likely pickup is “Splitting Hairs,” a “Barbershop”-like spinoff of Greenblatt/Janollari’s “One on One.” 
   Jenny McCarthy could make it back to primetime with “Bad Girls Guide,” an adaptation of the best-selling book “The Bad Girl's Guide To Getting What You Want.” DePasse Entertainment and Kelsey Grammer’s Gramnet Productions are hoping to make “Soluna” a household name with their pilot starring the Latin American pop group.
   The WB, which has never had the success with comedies it has enjoyed on the drama side, is trying to change its luck with Mark Burnett’s autobiographical “Miles to Go,” where a former British Special Forces commando has to take care of three Beverly Hills kids as their nanny.
   “Joint Custody” looks at the lives of two siblings who shuttle back and forth between their easygoing mom and disciplinarian dad, while “Dana and Julia,” from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, explores the “Laverne & Shirley” life of comedians Dana Goodman and Julia Wolov.


May 14, 2004 2004 Media Life

 

Audience tickets available for the shooting of the pilot Taste from TV Tickets.com

TASTE
THURSDAY, APRIL 29

6:30pm - Sony Pictures Studios (Los Angeles)
A pilot rooms with a recent cooking-school graduate starting her first restaurant job. Starring Jane Krakowski, Richard Ruccolo, Rufus Sewell.

http://www.tvtickets.com/pilotspage2.htm

TASTE (CBS) - Rufus Sewell ("A Knight's Tale") is the latest to join the cast of the comedy pilot, about a culinary school grad (Jane Krakowski) who lands her first job at a high-profile New York restaurant. Kirk Rudell and Andy Cadiff are behind the project, which comes from Regency Television and CBS Productions. Richard Ruccolo also stars.

Zap2it.com
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com)

There's eye candy everywhere in the latest batch of casting news. Jenny McCarthy, Nick Lachey and Rufus Sewell are aesthetically pleasing additions to a trio of network pilots.

Former Playboy model and "Singled Out" host McCarthy will take one of the leads in UPN's "The Bad Girl's Guide," playing the leader of a group of three women who have a bad girl's attitude and live life without excuses. The show is based on the book by Cameron Tuttle.

The comedy keeps McCarthy in the UPN family. She did four episodes of "One on One" earlier this season. Her past credits include the short-lived "Jenny" and features "Scary Movie 3" and "Scream 3."

The Futon Critic
March 30, 2004

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4/29/2004
(thursday)
pilot taping - production on cbs
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this project in the news...

Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 8:22 AM
Development Update: March 30
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Summary: The Futon Critic reports Lombardo Boyar ("The Bernie Mac Show") and Jim Parsons ("Ed") have been added to the cast of the comedy pilot "Taste" at CBS.

Monday, March 29, 2004 - 8:52 AM
Development Update: March 29
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Summary: The Futon Critic reports Rufus Sewell ("A Knight's Tale") is the latest to join the cast of the comedy pilot, about a culinary school grad (Jane Krakowski) who lands her first job at a high-profile New York restaurant.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - 12:05 PM
Development Update: March 16
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Summary: The Futon Critic reports Richard Ruccolo ("Two Guys and a Girl") has been tapped to star opposite Jane Krakowski in the comedy pilot "Taste" at CBS.

Friday, March 12, 2004 - 12:19 PM
Development Update: March 12
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Summary: The Futon Critic reports Jane Krakowski ("Ally McBeal") is in talks to topline the comedy pilot "Taste" at CBS.

Wednesday, March 3, 2004 - 12:45 PM
Development Update: March 3
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Summary: The Futon Critic reports CBS has given a cast-contingent pilot order for a new comedy that follows the story of Samantha, a culinary school grad who lands her first job at a high-profile New York restaurant.

Wednesday, October 1, 2003 - 12:30 PM
Development Update: October 1
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Summary: The Futon Critic reports former "Ally McBeal" star Jane Krakowski has signed a talent holding deal with CBS, which hopes to develop a comedy vehicle for the actress.

infoline
the scoop of this project
status: pilot in production (2004-2005 season)

what's it about?
comedy about a culinary school grad (jane krakowski) who lands her first job at a high-profile new york restaurant

who's in it?
jane krakowski
("ally mcbeal")
richard ruccolo
("two guys and a girl")
rufus sewell
("a knight's tale")

lombardo boyar
("the bernie mac show")
jim parsons
("ed")

who's making it?
kirk rudell
("good morning, miami")
andy cadiff
("my wife and kids

thanks, Nadine!


Los Angeles
The Hollywood Reporter
..........
In other pilot casting news:

Rufus Sewell has landed a leading role in CBS' comedy "Taste," about a culinary school graduate (Jane Krakowski) who gets her first shot at a high-pressure restaurant job.

Sewell, whose credits include USA Network's miniseries "Helen of Troy" and the upcoming feature "Tristan & Isolde," will play a bad-boy chef who runs the restaurant.



TASTE (CBS) - Richard Ruccolo ("Two Guys and a Girl") has been tapped to star opposite Jane Krakowski in the comedy pilot, about a culinary school grad (Krakowski) who lands her first job at a high-profile New York restaurant. Andy Cadiff ("My Wife and Kids") has also signed on to direct the Regency Television/CBS Productions project, from a script by creator Kirk Rudell.

TASTE (CBS) - Lombardo Boyar ("The Bernie Mac Show") and Jim Parsons ("Ed") have been added to the cast of the comedy pilot, about a culinary school grad (Jane Krakowski) who lands her first job at a high-profile New York restaurant. Their roles were not specified in the Regency Television/CBS Productions project, which also stars Richard Ruccolo and Rufus Sewell.

thanks, Renata and Rai!

 

 

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