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[01/28/10 - 08:26 AM]
TBS Closes Script Deal with David Spade and Sony Pictures Television for Animated Version of Spade's Joe Dirt
Spade, Fred Wolf and Donick Cary will co-write the half-hour, which comes from Happy Madison Productions.

[via press release from TBS]

TBS Closes Script Deal with David Spade and Sony Pictures Television for Animated Version of Spade's JOE DIRT

Marking its third foray into the animation arena, TBS has closed a deal for a pilot script from comic actor David Spade, Sony Pictures Television and Happy Madison Productions for an animated version of the popular movie The Adventures of Joe Dirt. The project, entitled JOE DIRT, will follow the exploits of a mullet-sporting, muscle-car-loving loser with a heart of gold.

"David Spade is a hugely popular comic talent who has created a funny, yet lovable, character in JOE DIRT," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming, for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "We look forward to seeing how he and his fellow writers and producers take this character in new directions as TBS continues exploring the world of primetime animation."

The pilot script for JOE DIRT will be written by Spade; Fred Wolf, Spade's frequent writing partner, including scripts for The Adventures of Joe Dirt and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star; and Donick Cary (The Simpsons, Lil' Bush, Bored to Death). All three will serve as executive producers, along with Doug Robinson of Happy Madison Productions.

TBS currently has two other animated projects in the works. Neighbors from Hell, from Fox TV Animation (Family Guy), DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. and Jeffrey Katzenberg (Shrek), centers on the Hellmans, a typical, all-American suburban family who just happen to be from Hell. That series, which is being executive-produced by Pam Brady (South Park), who wrote the pilot episode, and Mireille Soria (Madagascar), is set to premiere in summer 2010. Good and Evel is in development from Lionsgate Television and Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci and Wren Arthur's Olive Productions. Written by Glenn Eichler (The Colbert Report), the project follows twin brothers, one a petty criminal and the other a good guy trying to set his brother straight.

Happy Madison Television currently produces the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement and is shooting the Nick Swardson sketch show for Comedy Central and a comedy pilot for Fox from Adam Goldberg and Seth Gordon.

Sony Pictures Television (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is one of the television industry's leading content providers. SPT produces and distributes top-rated, award-winning programming worldwide in every genre, including scripted and unscripted series, movies and family entertainment; first-run syndicated series; off-network syndicated programs; and theatrical releases. SPT is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as My Boys, Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Meet the Browns, as well as the upcoming Neighbors from Hell; late-night series like Lopez Tonight, starring George Lopez; hot contemporary comedies like The Office, My Name is Earl, Family Guy and Seinfeld; specials like Funniest Commercials of the Year; special events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago and Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.





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· BORED TO DEATH (HBO)
· FAMILY GUY (FOX)
· GOOD & EVEL (TBS)
· JOE DIRT (TBS)
· LIL' BUSH: PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· NEIGHBORS FROM HELL (TBS)
· SIMPSONS, THE (FOX)
· SOUTH PARK (COMEDY CENTRAL)









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