Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions has scored its first pilot order as HBO has given the green light to a single-camera comedy pilot from the producing duo, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Written by Jody Hill, Ben Best and Danny McBride, the untitled project centers on a burned-out former pro baseball player (McBride) who returns to his small Southern hometown where the only job he can find is as a substitute gym teacher.
Hill will direct the pilot, which Ferrell and McKay are executive producing.
The comedy, previously known as “P.E.,” was the first TV project shopped by Gary Sanchez after it was formed in the fall. The pitch triggered a bidding frenzy, landing at HBO with what was said to be one of network’s richest development deals.