CBS has put in development JumpStart, a multi-camera comedy based on Robb Armstrong’s long-running comic strip. Wayne Conley (The Best Man) will pen the TV adaptation, which hails from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and CBS Studios.
Based on the popular comic strip that debuted in 1989, JumpStart is set in Philadelphia and follows Joe, a cop; his wife Marcy, a nurse; and Joe’s partner, Crunchy. Joe and Marcy are young, hip, urban parents with old-school values who are willing to sacrifice for their kids and have some laughs while doing it.
Initially carried by 40 papers, Jump Start grew in popularity to appear in more than 400 publications, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Boston Globe.
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Conley is also set to executive produce the series alongside Kaplin and Melanie Frankel of Kapital and Armstrong’s producer Bridget McMeel through her banner Andrews McMeel Entertainment. McMeel is attached as a producer on a number of comic strip-based projects, including Netflix’s recent Marmaduke film, Hulu’s Big Nate series, and the upcoming Garfield starring Chris Pratt and Samuel L. Jackson. Armstrong will serve as a co-executive producer while Jessie Abbott acts as creative executive for Kapital.
JumpStart has long been a target to bring to television screens. Armstrong, along with McMeel, was originally set to bring the comic to life as a single-camera comedy over on FOX with Kapital in 2014, though it never came to fruition for one reason or another. It would’ve seen Kaplan and Armstrong co-write alongside Andrew Orenstein. With this, Kapital is continuing its trend of revisiting old shows that originally didn’t pan out. One other such show that got a second look, American Auto, was recently renewed for a second season at NBC.
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