CBS Orders ‘Punching Out’ Comedy Series from ‘Horrible Bosses’ Writers

By August 26, 2013
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John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

While there’s a sequel to the 2011 R-rated comedy hit Horrible Bosses on the way (though a new director is needed), writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are taking their workplace comedy antics to the small screen with a new TV series being set up at CBS.

Deadline has word that the duo have just received a put pilot commitment for a new series called “Punching Out” from 20th Century Fox TV.  The series is described in the same vein as Horrible Bosses, but does not feature the characters attempting to murder their supervisors.

Instead, “Punching Out” will following a new group of thirtysomething men who all hate their jobs and decide to head back to the old jobs that made them the happiest when they were working at their local shopping mall. There could be the potential for hilarity there, especially if the mall isn’t as lucrative or fun as they once remember, or if it’s fallen into complete disarray.

This will be a single camera series, different from the multi-camera sitcoms which live predominantly at CBS. Daley and Goldstein are solid comedy writers; Horrible Bosses is their biggest success, and while The Incredible Burt Wonderstone was a bit of a misstep (despite landing them a big paycheck), they still have Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 coming this year, and that looks like a lot of fun for the whole family.

In addition, the two are pulling double duty as the writers and directors of Vacation, a reboot of the comedy franchise starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo once flown under the National Lampoon banner, but creative differences have stalled the project for the time being. Still, serving as writers and executive producers of this new series, it sounds like they’ll have plenty to keep them busy. And with a new film called The Bus Driver sold to New Line last month, they’re not showing any signs of slowing down.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.