Pilot News: Matthew Broderick Lands Widowed Dad Role in CBS Comedy

Matthew Broderick CBS PilotMatthew Broderick will topline CBS’ untitled Tad Quill comedy pilot, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The multi-cam sitcom revolves around Broderick’s character, a recently widowed father who is raising his 12-year-old son while jumping back into the dating pool.

Scrubs vet Quill will serve as exec producer, with comedy legend James Burrows directing.

Broderick’s recent TV credits include guest spots on Modern Family and 30 Rock.

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  1. Seth says:

    CBS has the best cast comedy and drama pilots ever. I have never seen so much talent line up for a shot at making the network’s schedule. It’s a shame there are so few time slots to fill. Look at all those shows they just renewed. If even half of these pilots test well I can’t imagine how they will turn away potential hit shows. Maybe the bulk will be targeted for midseason. This will be interesting.

  2. Eric says:

    This concept would be so much more interesting as a single-cam. Maybe like a version of Louie tailored for a broader audience.

  3. lyn says:

    Unfortunately Matthew lacks the comedic timing of, say, a John Ritter or a NPH. The rest of the cast had better be stellar.

  4. RobertRyan says:

    Not that into comedies, bit a noob question but what is the difference between a multi-cam and single cam comedy?

    • SnakeTheWorld says:

      Multi Cam is CBS sitcoms like TBBT , HIMYM , and MAM,. Single Cam are Modern Family , Arrested Development,. In a world of HD I’ve never watched a multi cam show. Try streaming one of those shows on Netflix. You’ll see where I’m coming from.

    • nick1372 says:

      One type uses one camera and the other uses multiple cameras, duh.

      ;-) Obviously, there’s more. In single-cam sitcoms, scenes are shot over and over again from different angles. In multi-cams, multiple cameras are used at the same enabling scenes to be filmed in one take. As a result, multi-cams are the only comedies that have live studio audiences (This is not always the case, though. The upcoming ABC comedy How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life is a multi-cam, yet does not have a live studio audience). There’s not much difference in the quality or subject matter of multi-cams vs. single cams. You will see crazy people who hate one or the other for some strange reason, but usually they’re just crazy. Hope this helps!

    • Martoukian says:

      Multi-cams are filmed on a traditional soundstage usually in front of an audience. The shows like Friends, Happy Days, Seinfeld, Big Bang Theory that take place in the same few rooms all the time (or in faky looking other places) are multi-cams.

      Single-cam shows can take place anywhere–even in cramped spaces. Shows that have frequent outdoor scenes or scenes in new places all the time (including large retail spaces, cafeterias, auditoriums) like Parks & Recreation, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm are single-cams.

      Most multi-cams have laugh-tracks either alone or added to audience noise, but a few single-cams have used laugh-tracks too (though none in a long time).