Damon Wayans to star in CBS sports radio pilot

Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:34pm EDT
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By Marisa Guthrie

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Damon Wayans may be returning to series television. The comedian has finalized a deal to headline the CBS TV Studios multi-camera comedy pilot set at a sports radio station.

The pilot is written by Bill Martin and Mike Schiff ("Grounded for Life") and is inspired by acerbic ESPN personality Colin Cowherd. Wayans' character is named Nick Herd.

Andy Cadiff ("Hot in Cleveland," "Rules of Engagement," "My Wife and Kids") will direct the pilot.

Martin, Schiff and Cowherd will executive produce with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum ("Running Wilde," "Two and Half Men") whose Tannenbaum Co. is set up at CBS Studios with a three-year overall deal.

Danny Comden ("Dirt," "Urban Legend") has also joined the cast as the manipulative producer of Herd's show.

Wayans - who hails from the famous comedic family behind "In Living Color" - has built a career as an actor and comedian as well as a producer and director. His on-screen include ABC's "My Wife and Kids" and the Showtime sketch comedy series "The Underground." He also headlined a string of features including "Major Payne" and "The Last Boy Scout."

(Editing by Zorianna Kit)