Peter Farrelly to Write and Direct Comedy Pilot for CBS

     December 15, 2011

Peter Farrelly, one half of the Farrelly Brothers duo that brought us Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, is headed to television. Variety reports that Farrelly will co-write a new family-centered pilot for CBS. The untitled project centers on a group of six parents and step-parents who are tasked with raising two kids. Farrelly will co-write the project with Kevin Barnett and Pete Jones, who worked with Farrelly on this year’s Owen Wilson comedy Hall Pass. If CBS decides to pick the project up to pilot, Farrelly will also direct. The network is said to be “high on the project” and are keen to get Farrelly in their wheelhouse.

The premise isn’t necessarily ground-breaking, but talented showrunners have been mining the “family comedy” genre for years to positive results (though the number of bad family comedies far outweighs the number of good ones). There’s no mention of whether the project is being conceived as a single-camera or multi-camera series, but given that it’s on CBS I’m guessing it’s the latter; apparently single-camera sitcoms are too confusing for the network’s target demographic (ie. people in nursing homes). Farrelly’s The Three Stooges opens in theaters this April, after which he and his brother are hoping to do a Dumb and Dumber sequel with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.