Lifetime Television Orders Half-Hour Comedy Series 'Lovespring' from Eric McCormack/Michael Forman's Big Cattle Productions and Lionsgate
Series Marks Initial Scripted Series Commitment by Entertainment President
PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 11 -- Marking her first scripted
series commitment since assuming her position in September, Lifetime
Entertainment Services President of Entertainment Susanne Daniels has ordered
production of "Lovespring," a half-hour comedy series about looking for love
in all the wrong places, from Eric McCormack and Michael Forman's Big Cattle
Productions and Lionsgate. "Lovespring" is scheduled to premiere on Lifetime
in summer 2006.
"Lovespring" is the name of a matchmaking agency marketed to customers as
an "elite Beverly Hills" company, despite its location in Tarzana, California.
The ensemble is made up of relationship counselors and a staff psychologist
who try to convince loveless people that the service can lead clients to the
"'Lovespring' is exactly what we're looking for, in that it's fresh, funny
and relatable. Eric and Michael have put together an outstanding cast and a
terrific show, and we're thrilled to be in business with Big Cattle
Productions and Lionsgate," said Daniels.
"We really wanted a good home for this show, somewhere that it would be
coddled and nurtured, so where better than the best women's network?" said
"We're looking forward to a great collaboration with Eric, Michael and
Lifetime on 'Lovespring,'" said Kevin Beggs, President, Television, Lionsgate.
"It's a wonderfully inventive comedy with distinctive characters and unique
voice, and we believe it has the potential to become a breakout show."
McCormack and Forman will executive produce alongside Brad Isaacs and
creator Guy Shalem, who will also direct.
Big Cattle Productions recently inked a multi-year production deal with
NBC Universal Television Studio. Along with McCormack ("Will & Grace"),
Forman, former VP of programming for NBC and UPN Senior Vice President
Programming, heads up the company.
Shalem's "Life of Leisure" is in development at ABC. He also developed
and sold "The Roxy," written by Sally Robinson, and "Anatomy of an Affair,"
written by Tommy Swardlow, to NBC.
Isaacs will soon be directing his first feature, "A West Texas Children's
Story," which he also penned. He served as consulting producer for "King of
the Hill," co-executive producer of "NewsRadio," consulting producer of "The
Larry Sanders Show" and began his writing career on such shows as "Newhart"
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