Jay Baruchel Semi-Autobiographical Comedy Goes To ABC With Penalty

In a competitive situation, a half-hour project from actor-writer Jay Baruchel has landed at ABC with a significant penalty and pre-negotiated license fees. Baruchel will co-write the 20th Century Fox TV/Tagline comedy with his writing partner Jesse Chabot. The semi-autobiographical project centers on a successful actor who eschews the fame and superficiality of Hollywood to move back home to Burlington, VT where he buys a house down the street from his mom and invites his two best friends from childhood to move in with him. CAA-repped Baruchel and Chabot will executive produce with their managers, Willie Mercer and Marc Hamou of Thruline. Baruchel is not attached to star.

Comments (17)

  • And we wonder why cable is thriving so much.

    Comment by Eye-Fi — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT  
  • But he’s a star! How could he ever want to leave the confines of his cozy West Hollywood home and move in with a couple of regular people?
    Ugh.

    It’s just completely implausible.

    Comment by Star Struck — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT  
  • It’s only semi auto-biographical because in the show he’s successful enough that anyone would care

    Comment by nottherealvalkilmer — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 10:41am PDT  
  • he eschews Hollywood and then WRITES A TV SHOW ABOUT IT. this guy is such a poser

    Comment by hahaha — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 10:47am PDT  
  • How great is Baruchel. He drifts between comedy (This is the End) and Drama (Million $ Baby), live action and animation (How to Train a Dragon). He acts and writes. And he seems like a good guy too. Not a hollywood douche bag. good for him.

    Comment by Jayluvah — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 11:19am PDT  
  • a successful actor who eschews the fame and superficiality of Hollywood .

    but represented by CAA and thruline.

    sure. why not.

    Comment by Anonymous — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 11:21am PDT  
  • Sorry but this guys terrible!!!! he should be paying royalties to Jon cryer for stealing/ripping off Duckie

    Comment by Doug gilmour — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 12:05pm PDT  
  • Wasn’t Fred Savage in a short-lived series about a screenwriter who returns home.

    I got news for you, it’s okay to not want to work in entertainment.

    Comment by Indian Reservation Dan — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 12:16pm PDT  
  • Sorry all, I’m not in the business – but enjoy reading ‘Deadline’.
    I see this term a lot in the columns – could someone explain what ‘significant penalty’ means. Is it a tax or what? Thanks

    Comment by coppertopolo — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 12:43pm PDT  
    • Penalty usually means that if they don’t shoot the pilot, the network must (theoretically) pay the studio a fine. usually this happens with projects that are wanted by multiple networks (“bidding war”), as sort of a money-backed assurance to the producers that it will get made. in some very rare cases the penalty might be tied to actually putting the series on air, as opposed to just the pilot getting shot. in reality, most penalties are rolled since the studios don’t want to piss off their primary buyers (the nets).

      Comment by nottherealvalkilmer — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 5:17pm PDT  
      • Thanks nottherealvalkilmer for taking the time to post the thorough explanation – it helps a lot.

        Comment by coppertopolo — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 7:01pm PDT  
  • What exactly does “a significant penalty and pre-negotiated license fees” mean?

    is it ABC carries no risk and Jay B does?

    Comment by Adam — Monday August 26, 2013 @ 12:59pm PDT  
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