Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Stein Hitches Another Pilot Flight

It didn't take long for recently hired L.A. Times columnist Joel Stein to land another pilot, once again at ABC.

This time out, Stein is exec producing the pilot "Joint Custody," which takes a look at a recent college grad who comes home and discovers that his parents have divorced -- and realizes that he must now take care of his eccentric family.

Regina Stewart ("Still Standing") and Shawn Levy ("Cheaper by the Dozen") are also exec producing the project, which comes from 20th Century Fox TV.

Last year, when Stein was still with Time magazine, he teamed with Marsh McCall to exec produce a pilot at ABC based on... his own life, as the youngest-ever columnist at Time.

What will happen to Stein's column if the show is picked up? It's just a once-a-week gig, so I suppose he could continue... but would that be just too much conflict of interest? Would you want a entertainment columnist who is working closely with divisions of News Corp. and Disney?

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