Mark Wahlberg Sells Comedy Pilot 'Home Game' to CBS

2/05/2011 Posted by Admin

Mark Wahlberg Sells Comedy Pilot 'Home Game' to CBS

Television News

By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

Although Mark Wahlberg might be disappointed that he didn't get an Oscar nomination for his amazing performance in "The Fighter," at least he can fall back on his producing career for some happiness. As if producing successful shows like "Entourage" and "How to Make It In America" for HBO weren't enough, CBS has just picked up another half-hour series from Wahlberg, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The multi-camera comedy pilot "Home Game" is inspired by the life of three-time Super Bowl champion and NFL pro Mark Schlereth. The CBS TV Studios/Leverage pilot is from executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson and writers-executive producers Chris Nowak and Warren Bell.

Essentially, the show is about a retired NFL player who returns home to his wife and daughters. Schlereth, currently an ESPN commentator, also will help to produce the show.

Unrelated to Wahlberg, it marks the second ESPN-related pilot pickup by CBS. The network also picked up a comedy pilot inspired by ESPN personality Colin Cowherd's talk show, "The Herd with Colin Cowherd."

While many former players usually find their way into the sports media, many of them usually are just caricatures and never really add much to the game or sportscast. Schlereth, on the other hand, is fantastic in his analysis and has one of the best actually personalities on TV. A funny little tidbit to add: Schlereth is a frequent guest on Cowherd's radio show.

The reason I know that is because I actually listen to the radio show every weekday, which is one reason why I am glad to see both these shows picked up. Both guys are clearly hard workers and both are funny while working on the air, and I can see at least one of, if not both of these shows, become successful come next fall--or whenever it is that they air.

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