Affleck and Damon have been collaborators before. The two wrote and won Academy Awards for Good Will Hunting. In addition they co-starred together in Dogma, School Ties, and were glorified extras in Mystic Pizza together.
Damon and Affleck’s CBS sitcom will star comedian Tom Papa, and is currently being called “More Time With Family.” The show is said to be based on Papa’s stand-up career, and Papa’s experiences in life. The show opens with Papa giving up his Hollywood dreams to stay at home with his family, even though his family isn’t too thrilled about it.
For Affleck this will be the second television producing gig in the last year. In addition to the CBS comedy, Ben will also produce the crime drama The Middle Man, which is currently at FOX. It’s said that Affleck will direct the FOX pilot too.
Although Matt Damon and Ben Affleck aren’t starring in anything together, the fact that they’re collaborating on a TV series for CBS shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. From 2001 to 2005 the two acted as creators and executive producers of the Bravo television series Project Greenlight. The show tried to cash in on the upcoming success of reality shows by airing a 13-part docuseries on aspiring filmmakers. Project Greenlight, a reality contest series, analyzed directors/writers blueprints for films and gave the winner a fully funded motion picture.
Project Greenlight was a good idea, but it failed to pale in comparison to other successful shows on Bravo, and was subsequently canceled in 2005.
Are you excited for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s new CBS TV gig?