‘Bridesmaids’ Co-Writer Scores Big TV Deal

By Matthew Belloni and Lacey Rose

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.

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