CBS mad about Reiser pilot

By Reuters

Jan 11, 2006

CBS has picked up a sitcom pilot from Mad About You star Paul Reiser, which centers on an ambitious young man who takes over the family car dealership in Queens, New York.

The comedian wrote and is executive producing the untitled project. He recently wrote and starred in the feature The Thing About My Folks, whose cast also included Peter Falk and Olympia Dukakis. It is set for a February 14 release on DVD.

Meanwhile, NBC is looking ahead to next season's return of the NFL to the network with a pilot order for a drama based on the feature Friday Night Lights.

The 2004 film starred Billy Bob Thornton as a straight-arrow coach who leads his small-town Texas high school football team to the 1988 state semifinals. The Lights pilot is set in the present.

The feature's director and cowriter, Peter Berg, will perform the same tasks on the pilot.

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