New Project for Matt and Ben!
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are setting their sights on cable.
The duo, via their Pearl Street Films, are developing drama Incorporated for Syfy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Incorporated is described as a futuristic espionage thriller set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power. The drama will be the story of one man’s efforts to beat the system.
Brothers David and Alex Pastor (Selfless, The Last Days) will pen the pilot, which hails from CBS Television Studios and Pearl Street. Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) will serve as showrunner and executive producer, via his overall deal with the studio. Damon, Affleck and Pearl Street president Jennifer Todd are also attached to executive produce. Pearl Street creative executive Margaret Chernin is on board as associate producer.
For Pearl Street, Incorporated marks the shingle’s first scripted cable foray and second scripted overall. Last year, Fox handed out a pilot order to drama The Middle Man, with Affleck set to direct. The project was rolled to accommodate Affleck’s film commitment to Batman v. Superman. The company is currently producing HBO’s revival of Project Greenlight and is in preproduction on feature Live by Night, which was written and directed by leading man Affleck.
For Syfy, Incorporated arrives as the NBCUniversal-owned cable network is focusing more on science fiction fare a la Battlestar Galactica. The cabler has a roster of new dramas including Dominion, Ascension, 12 Monkeys, Olympus, Z Nation, The Expanse and Hunters joining returning series Defiance, Haven and Helix, among others.
Affleck, who currently stars in Gone Girl — the country’s No. 1 movie for two weeks in a row — is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Damon is also with WME and Ziffren Brittenham. The Pastor brothers are with WME and Kaplan/Perrone. Humphrey is with WME, Industry Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
CBS has given a pilot order to More Time With Family, a multi-camera comedy starring comedian Tom Papa. The project, which had a put pilot commitment, was one of the highest-profile comedy packages this season – with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as executive producers, Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith as writers/exec producers and Papa as star. 20th Century Fox TV, where Yuspa and Goldsmith are based, is producing
Based on the stand-up of Papa and the experiences of Damon, More Time With Family centers on a husband and father (Papa) making a career change to spend more time with his family. The project originated with Papa and Damon who had worked together on two movies, The Informant and Behind The Candelabra. They teamed with Damon’s childhood friend and frequent collaborator Affleck, and Yuspa and Goldsmith came on board to write. Affleck will executive produce through his Pearl Street along with Papa, Yuspa, Goldsmith and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman. This marks Pearl Street’s second pilot order this season — the company also has crime drama The Middle Man, which is on a series track at Fox.
After a heated bidding war, one of the highest-profile comedy packages this season Tom Papa CBS Comedy Pilot – a half-hour starring comedian Tom Papa that boasts Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as executive producers and Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith as co-writers — has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment. 20th Century Fox TV is producing.
Based on the stand-up of Papa and the experiences of Damon, the multi-camera comedy, titled More Time With Family, centers on a guy (Papa) who changes his career and gives up a life on the road to spend more time at home with his family — but when he gets there, he realizes no one asked him to do that. The project originated with Papa and Damon who had worked together on two movies, The Informant and Behind The Candelabra. They teamed with Damon’s childhood friend and frequent collaborator Affleck, whose company, Pearl Street Films, is making a big push in television. The three met with a number of writers, going with Yuspa and Goldsmith and setting up the project at 20th TV where the scribes are under an overall deal. Damon and Affleck will executive produce through Pearl Street along with Papa, Yuspa, Goldsmith and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman. This marks Pearl Street’s second TV sale and second big commitment — the company also has crime drama The Middle Man at Fox, which has a pilot order with Affleck directing and Glenn Gordon Caron writing.
Affleck and Damon were previously partnered in LivePlanet, which produced several TV shows in the early 2000s, including drama Push, Nevada and docu series Project Greenlight. In addition to his successful stand-up career, Papa, repped by ICM Partners, 3 Arts and Del, Shaw, Moonves, previously co-created and toplined the 2004 NBC comedy series Come To Papa. Last season, The King Of Queens alums Yuspa and Goldsmith, repped by ICM Partners, wrote and executive produced the NBC comedy pilot The Gates. Oscar winners Affleck and Damon are with WME.
Matt Damon will guest star on the next episode of House Of Lies “2×04 Damonschildren.org”. The episode airs this sunday on Showtime at 10pm ET/PT. More info on the official website.
The synopsis for the episode:
When Hollywood superstar Matt Damon drops by Galweather-Stearn and tasks them to find him a charity to enhance his image, Marty discovers he may have to go further than he wants to. Jeannie spends rare down time with Roscoe, while Tessa presses Monica about their relationship status.
Again, thanks to Kaci for the pictures.
Matt Damon will be on the February 10th episode os House of Lies, titled “Damonschildren.org”.
Thanks Sean for the heads up!
Matt is gonna be making an appearance as himself on the Showtime series “House of Lies”, which second season is premiering this sunday, 13th.
Matt is gonna be playing himself employing the House of Lies team in helping him start a charity to compete with George Clooney.
Still no date of when the episode is airing, I’ll be posting when I know.
Matt guest starred in 30 Rock as “Carol”, a pilot who was dating Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), here are screencaps:
Matt will be a guest on this Thursday episode of “30 Rock”, he’ll reprise his hole as Carol.
Episode Synopsis: 30 ROCK “Double-Edged Sword” Season 5 Episode 14 – Avery’s going into labor during a getaway with Jack leaves them in peril of their child being Canadian. Meanwhile, Liz’s trip with Carol can’t get off the airport tarmac. Tracy realizes achieving EGOT status comes with a lot of responsibility.
It airs Thursday, February 10 at 8:30pm on NBC.
Here is a still from the show: