CBS Orders Three More Comedy Pilots

Perhaps stoked by the success of the new sitcom "Rules of Engagement," CBS has ordered up three additional comedy pilots.

The trio of fresh pilots come from a variety of recognizable figures, including Paul Reiser and "Will & Grace" creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick.

Reiser has written (but doesn't seem to be starring in) "Atlanta," a half-hour, single-camera comedy that both trade papers describe as being about a man and a woman who meet at a funeral and then can't avoid each other.

This is Reiser's second straight year with a comedy pilot at CBS, after a show starring Bobby Cannavale didn't make the cut last spring. The writer-producer-actor was nominated for 10 Emmys for "Mad About You" without a win.

Mutchnick and Kohan, writing partners, one of whom is straight, the other gay, have gotten a pilot order for an untitled show about writing partners, one of whom is straight, the other gay. There's also a woman involved in some way. Recent credits for the scribes include "Four Kings" and "Good Morning, Miami."

Also in the mix at CBS is "The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud," from "Friends" veteran Jeff Greenstein. The multicamera comedy, about a former literary star who experiences a major change of attitude, has been given a cast contingent pilot order.

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