Friday, February 18, 2022

Development News - CBS Orders Pilots for Comedies 'The Hug Machine' and 'Sober Companion'; Plus 1 More Update!

Development News - February 18, 2022

CBS' The Hug Machine & Sober Companion; and FX's The Spook Who Sat by the Door.

  • THE HUG MACHINE (Comedy, Single Camera) - Written by Sam Laybourne. Directed by Jorma Taccone. Executive produced by Laybourne, Taccone, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Ali Bell. Produced by CBS Studios. Logline: A dad gets a second chance to save both his marriage and his flailing rock career when his band unintentionally finds success in the raucous, cutthroat world of children's music.
  • SOBER COMPANION (Comedy, Multi-Camera) - Written by David Rosenthal and Gracie Glassmeyer. Executive produced by Rosenthal, Glassmeyer, Jennie Snyder Urman and Joanna Klein. Produced by CBS Studios and Sutton Street Productions. Logline: Hot-mess alcoholic Eliza owns a bar with her uncle in New Orleans, but is forced to get her life together when the court appoints her an exhaustingly upbeat sober companion with whom she has to live 24/7.
  • THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR (Drama) - Based on the novel by Sam Greenlee. Written by Leigh Dana Jackson. Directed by Gerard McMurray. Executive produced by Jackson, McMurray, Lee Daniels and Marc Velez. Produced by 20th Television and Lee Daniels Entertainment. Starring Y'lan Noel, Christina Jackson, Lucas Till, Nafessa Williams, Nathan Darrow and Tom Irwin.