Harry Connick Jr. is in the beginning stages of developing a sitcom with David Letterman’s production company.
Letterman’s company — Worldwide Pants — has reportedly obtained a commitment from Fox to make a pilot with Connick, currently a judge on “American Idol” and therefore a star on Fox. In addition, ABC Studios is involved in the deal as a producing partner.
Letterman’s network, CBS, has nothing to do with the deal, according to this story on Deadline.com. Letterman himself does not seem to be directly involved either.
The proposed show is described as a single-dad comedy that will have Connick starring as an entertainer who has a teen-aged daughter. The principals behind the show are Letterman “Late Show” writers (and brothers) Eric and Justin Stangel, along with Rob Burnett, who runs Worldwide Pants for Letterman.
It’s just a pilot commitment so it’s anyone’s guess if this project will ever evolve to the point where it becomes a series.
The deal — involving participants from CBS, ABC and Fox — does illustrate how intertwined the TV business is these days. Worldwide Pants hasn’t had a high-profile prime-time series in a while, but it’s well-known as the force behind one of the most successful sitcoms of all time — “Everybody Loves Raymond.”