"Bridesmaids" co-writer scores big TV deal
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fresh from the success of the comedy "Bridesmaids," the film's co-writer/co-producer Annie Mumolo has landed a television writing deal.
The deal, which closed late Tuesday, calls for Mumolo to develop a project for ABC Studios that will be produced by Tagline, the production company behind cable network USA's hit dramedy "Psych," as well as the recently-picked up ABC series "Man Up."
Mumolo, an alumni of the Los Angeles improv comedy troupe the Groundlings, has been on a hot streak lately.
"Bridesmaids," which she co-wrote with star Kristen Wiig, exceeded box office expectations last weekend with a $26.2 million opening. The R-rated comedy from superproducer Judd Apatow particularly impressed Hollywood with its ability to draw males to a female-centric film. About a third of the film's audience was made up of men.
Mumolo and "Bridesmaids" co-star Melissa McCarthy also recently sold a feature comedy pitch to Paramount Pictures that will act as a starring vehicle for McCarthy, with Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn attached to produce.