CBS Orders Pilots From Tommy Johnagin and Duo Behind ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Madam Secretary’

Untitled project will be inspired by standup comic’s real life

CBS added to its development arsenal Wednesday, ordering a comedy pilot starring comedian Tommy Johnagin and a drama from “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Madam Secretary” duo Tony Phelan and Joan Rater.

The untitled Johnagin pilot, which the comic will star in and co-executive produce, is inspired by Johnagin’s life and revolves around the standup comic raising a family in the small Midwestern town where he grew up.

Johnagin (pictured above) is also writing the pilot with Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker (“$#*! My Dad Says”), who are both also executive producing.

Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold are executive producing the pilot which is produced by Doozer in association with Warner Bros. Television.

On the drama side, CBS has picked up an untitled pilot from Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Madam Secretary”), who are writing and executive producing. The pilot centers on a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who gets romantically involved with a client who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.

CBS Television Studios is producing the pilot, with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly also executive producing.

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