Is Or Isn’t Entertainment, the production company headed by Lisa Kudrow and writer-actor Dan Bucatinsky, has signed a two-year development deal with Warner Bros. TV.
Former “Friends” star Kudrow and Bucatinsky haven’t wasted much time getting started: The company already has three projects in the works. In addition to a previously announced HBO comedy that would star Kudrow, Is Or Isn’t is working on a comedy for NBC and a light drama for CBS.
The comedy, which Jack Burditt (“Mad About You,” “I’m with Her”) will write and executive produce, is based on the life of professional poker player Annie Duke, a single mother who’s one of the top players in the male-dominated poker world.
“I found her to be an incredibly spirited, intelligent, fascinating woman,” Bucatinsky tells The Hollywood Reporter about Duke. “One minute you see her sitting around a poker table playing with all these thugs, and then the next minute you’ll see her getting out of a minivan with her four kids.”
NBC has given a script commitment to the show, with a penalty attached if a pilot isn’t made. CBS has also committed to a script for Bucatinsky’s drama, which will be about a seemingly normal family whose parents work for a secret organization that steals from the rich to help the poor.
Kudrow’s HBO pilot, called “The Comeback,” will focus on a former sitcom star looking to become famous again.
Is Or Isn’t produced two pilots last year, also through Warner Bros. TV, which was home to “Friends” for its 10-year run. The company also made the ABC Family movie “Picking Up and Dropping Off.”