EXCLUSIVE: A popular title from Paramount’s film library is poised for a TV comeback. CBS is evolving That Bears for bad newsa single-camera comedy based on the 1976 film that stars Walter Matthau as an alcoholic ex-baseball pitcher who becomes the coach of a misfit youth baseball team.
Written by Corey Nickerson (blackish), the new TV recording from Aaron Kaplans Kapital Entertainment and Wendi Trillings TrillTV, reboots the original premise. In the CBS version, an unlucky divorcee mother trains a team of misfits in a grueling little league.
The project will incorporate Nickerson’s personal experiences coaching her son’s baseball team. She produces with Kaplan and Melanie Frankel from Kapital and Trilling via TrillTV. Kevin Marco oversees capital.
CBS Studios, with which Nickerson has an overall deal, is the studio. This marks the latest collaboration between entities on both sides of the merged Paramount Global.
The original The bad news bears Directed by Michael Ritchie and written by Bill Lancaster, the film was followed by two 1978 sequels The bad news bears in breaking training and 1979s The bad news bears go to Japan. There was also a 2005 remake directed by Richard Linklater and starring Billy Bob Thornton.
This would be the second Bears for bad news TV series; a sitcom based on the original film that aired on CBS for two seasons from 1979 to 1980, starring Jack Warden as coach.
Capital took an interest in the arena and produced the Cullen brothers’ single-camera ABC comedy series back in 2013 back in game, It starred Maggie Lawson as a divorced mother who coaches her son’s team of underdogs with the help of her rowdy ex-minor league manager father, played by James Caan.
At CBS, Kapital and TrillTV have hit comedy series the neighborhoodnow in the fifth season. The bad news bears is Capital’s second project in development at CBS this season, based on famous IPs and joining the drama watson.
Nickerson served as executive producer on ABC blackish. She helped create degrees off the boat and Don’t trust the B— Creator Nahnatchka Khan the Fox comedy pilot Fattrick and continued to act as co-executive producer Don’t trust the B. Her credits also include scrubs and My boys. Nickerson is represented by CAA and Bloom Hergott Diemer.