Emmy winner and big-screen comedian Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly, Spy) and her actor/director husband Ben Falcone (New Girl, Bridesmaids) will executive-produce a TV Land comedy pilot about — and written by — their friends from the Groundlings comedy troupe.
Tentatively titled Friends With Melissa, the single-camera comedy will be penned and inspired by the lives of Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras, who watched as peers from The Groundlings (McCarthy and Falcone included) went on to star in film comedies and win Oscars, while they toiled away writing for children’s television.
McCarthy will appear in the pilot episode.
“We are continuing to build our stable of innovative, engaging and challenging comedies, which is exactly what Melissa, Ben and these writers have brought us,” TV Land EVP Keith Cox said in a statement. “With this script being from a group of alums from The Groundlings, we’re excited to know they’ll have an endless amount of creativity and interesting experiences to pull from.”