Mandabach To Boost Lion's Gate Laughers

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Lion's Gate Television, which sold its first comedy series to Showtime this year, is looking to boost its sitcom profile through a first-look deal with Caryn Mandabach.

Mandabach, whose comedy credits as part of Carsey-Werner-Mandabach include The Cosby Show,Roseanne, and 3rd Rock From the Sun before exiting that shop a year ago, has a two-year, first-look deal with the company to develop comedies for broadcast, cable, the Internet or whatever other platform comes along.

Caryn Mandabach Productions also has a first-look comedy deal with the BBC.

Lion's Gate currently has five shows on the air in the U.S.: The Cut With Tommy Hilfiger (CBS), The Dead Zone (USA), Missing (Lifetime), Wildfire (ABC Family) and Weeds.