POP TV ORDERS COMING OF AGE COMEDY "BEST INTENTIONS" FROM "AMERICAN PIE" WRITER ADAM HERZ
Project Is Produced by A+E Studios and Propagate Content
LOS ANGELES - July 10, 2019 - Pop TV, now fully owned by CBS Corporation, announced today that it has ordered the new comedy series BEST INTENTIONS, from A+E Studios, Propagate Content and Adam Herz ("American Pie"). Eight episodes have been ordered and will go into production in fall 2019.
BEST INTENTIONS revolves around Andy Banks, played by David Fynn ("Undateable"), a kind-hearted but painfully awkward single father who is the guidance counselor at the high school his teenage son Nate, played by Daniel Rashid ("Being Frank"), currently attends. Lindsey Gort ("The Carrie Diaries") plays Katie Baxter, a teacher with whom Andy is smitten; his never-ending hapless efforts to woo her drag Katie headfirst into her own personal misadventures. Guest starring in the series premiere are Natalie Ganzhorn ("Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark") as the new girl in school, Haylee, and Benjamin Ayres ("Saving Hope") as the high school's principal, Jack Mayhan. And bringing back the winning formula of pairing Adam Herz with a member of the Levy family, Sarah Levy (SCHITT'S CREEK) guest stars in the series premiere as the high school's vice principal, Becky Fistick.
"Adam Herz made one of the definitive comedy franchises of the 1990s and 2000s with 'American Pie,' and BEST INTENTIONS brings together the perfect cast to deliver more of his audacious sense of humor, which is grounded with loads of heart," said Justin Rosenblatt, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Pop. "With a mix of character and premise-driven comedy, this parallel father-son coming-of-age story feels like a timeless classic that fits perfectly with our current slate."
BEST INTENTIONS is created by Herz, who also serves as executive producer and writer. Executive producers are Barry Jossen of A+E Studios and Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens and Jay Weisleder of Propagate Content. Steve Pink ("Hot Tub Time Machine") directs the pilot.
About A+E Studios
A+E Studios is the award-winning studio unit of the global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios is an industry-leader in the creation, production and distribution of high quality scripted entertainment content across cable, network and streaming platforms. A+E Studios serves as the primary scripted programming provider for the A+E Networks portfolio. A+E Studios' slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series and movies. A+E Studios-produced titles include the Peabody Award-winning "UnREAL," "Project Blue Book" - the #1 cable series of the 2018-2019 season - for HISTORY(R), the action drama series "SIX" and "Knightfall," the Emmy-nominated event miniseries "ROOTS," and the Jenji Kohan-Jamie Denbo produced series "American Princess" for Lifetime(R), as well as "YOU" from Berlanti Productions and Alloy Entertainment with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Upcoming series slated for release next from A+E Studios include the drama series "Reprisal" from Warren Littlefield for Hulu, the animated drama series "The Liberator" for Netflix; the legal drama series "The Lincoln Lawyer" from creator David E. Kelley and based Michael Connelly's best-selling novels for the CBS Network, and "Best Intentions" from creator Adam Herz for POP.
About Propagate Content
Propagate Content founders Ben Silverman and Howard Owens met at William Morris in the late 1990s. Silverman had pioneered the global format business by packaging and bringing to America a stream of hits including "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," "Big Brother" and "Queer as Folk." Silverman and Owens founded Reveille in 2002 with the mission of building an independent American alternative studio based on the concept of creating and producing culture-defining television. With hits like "The Office," "The Tudors," "Ugly Betty," "MasterChef" and many others, Reveille became the gold standard of American independent television studios. Silverman and Owens founded Propagate in 2015 as an independent content studio inspired to create and influence culture.
With offices in Los Angeles, New York and Paris, and others soon to be announced, Propagate is one of the world's fastest-growing independent premium content creation companies. Its emerging portfolio includes "November 13: Attack on Paris" and "Haunted" for Netflix, "Lore" for Amazon, "Charmed" for the CW, "In Search Of" for the History Channel and "Planet of the Apps" for Apple, with more on the way. Propagate's expanding portfolio of companies includes Electus ("Running Wild with Bear Grylls," "Jane the Virgin," "Fashion Star"), Big Breakfast ("Adam Ruins Everything"), Notional ("Chopped" food series franchise), Hard Twenty, Incognito and talent management firms Artists First and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.
About Pop TV
Pop is a fully distributed entertainment cable network featuring fun, comedy-leaning programming for Modern Grownups(R)engaged fans who came of age in the '80s and '90s raised on network TV. With original scripted series, such as its signature comedy SCHITT'S CREEK, perennial favorites such as BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK, and a lineup of "Still Awesome" television hits including "90210" and "Charmed," Pop is TV the way it should be - effortlessly entertaining. Owned by CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS), Pop is available on all major cable and satellite providers, as a downloadable app called PopNow and on most over-the-top streaming services.