May 12, 2013

THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: CBS Picks Up “Friends With Better Lives”


CBS continues to trickle out its new series orders, and the latest to be announced is the sitcom FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES, about friends who each envy the others, with a cast that includes James Van Der Beek, Brooklyn Decker (surprisingly funny last season on The League) and Whitney survivor Zoe Lister-Jones.  It’s written by Dana Klein, a veteran sitcom writer whose credits include that other comedy with the word “Friends” in the title.  Thinking of which, the pilot was directed by multicamera maestro James Burrows, whose infinite pilots also include Friends.


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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."