Damon Wayans Lands Lead in CBS Pilot

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Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids) will star in an untitled CBS pilot set in a sports radio station, reports Deadline.com. He will play the role of Nick Herd, “an egotistical sports radio host with a quick wit and cocky likability who is adored by his fans. When he’s on the air, Nick says he is ‘right about everything.’ But the moment he steps out of the booth, ‘I’m just a schmuck trying to keep three women from freaking out on me.’” The character is inspired by the ESPN sports personality Colin Cowherd. Danny Comden has already signed on to the project, playing the producer of Herd’s radio program.

According to Deadline.com, the deal with Wayans is one of the biggest during this pilot season. It took several weeks to close and is said “to be for a top-dollar acting fee and a substantial piece of the show’s potential backend.”

The multi-camera comedy comes from CBS TV Studios. The pilot script was written by Grounded for Life creators Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, who will executive produce with Kim and Eric Tannenbaum (Running Wilde, Two and a Half Men). Andy Cadiff (Hot in Cleveland, My Wife and Kids) will direct the pilot.