Friend Me, from Raising Hope's Alan Kirschenbaum and Ajay Sahgal, follows 20-something best friends who move to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at Groupon. Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum will also executive-produce.
Partners, from Emmy winners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, is the personal story of two lifelong friends and business partners whose friendship has lasted longer than any of their romantic relationships. When one decides to propose to his girlfriend, the other's neurotic attempts to be supportive nearly result in a breakup.
The Malins and Berlanti project centers on a man who has a health scare, which leads him to realize that his best friend and business partner of 15 years is "the one." CBS previously ordered a pilot for Berlanti's drama Golden Boy.
CBS previously picked up the pilots Elementary, a modern take on Sherlock Holmes, a project from Jerry Bruckheimer, the legal drama Baby Big Shot, a half-hour comedy from Bridesmaids' Rebel Wilson, Widow Detective from CSI's Carol Mendelsohn, and an untitled Nick Stoller comedy. On Thursday, the network picked up drama pilots from The L Word's Ilene Chaiken, a Ralph Lamb bio and a project based on Ayelet Waldman's Mommy Track Mysteries book series.