Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone close script deal for TV Land comedy
Melissa McCarthy is already busy with one TV show — CBS sitcom Mike & Molly — and she might have another one to keep up with soon too. The Spy actress and her husband, Ben Falcone, have closed a pilot script deal with TV Land for a show titled Friends with Melissa.
Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, and Rachel Ramras — all alums of Los Angeles comedy troupe the Groundlings — will write and executive produce the show, which will be based on their lives watching fellow comedians go on to award-winning success. McCarthy would appear in the pilot episode as herself, if the show winds up moving past the script stage.
“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,” Keith Cox, TV Land’s executive vice president of development and original programming, 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 creatiity and interesting experiences to pull from.”
Falcone has appeared in most of McCarthy’s films, and made his directorial debut with 2014’s Tammy, a comedy starring McCarthy. The two are currently working on a new film titled Michelle Darnell, and they’ll executive produce the TV Land show together.
“We are so excited to be working with Hugh, Rachel & Larry – such funny people, who are great friends. TV Land is a great place for this show,” the pair said in a statement.