Hawaii Five-O alum Chi McBride will lead opposite Pete Holmes in the untitled bowling comedy pilot for CBS. It is based on professional bowler Tom Smallwood’s life.
The multi-camera bowling comedy centers on a seemingly ordinary man named Tom (Holmes). However, after he gets laid off from the assembly line at the GM factory he decides to become a professional bowler.
McBride will play Archie, the proud owner of the bowling alley Archie’s Lanes: Home of the Curly Fry. Archie is both Tom’s (Holmes) mentor and longstanding father-figure. His direct and unequivocal look on life urges Tom to pursue his dream.
Mark Gross will write and executive produce the pilot, with David Hollander and Brian D’Arcy James also executive producing. CBS Studios will produce. Gross is currently under an overall deal at the studio. He most recently worked as a writer and executive producer on the CBS multi-cam “Man With a Plan.” He was previously a writer and co-executive producer on fellow CBS comedy “Mike & Molly.”
McBride previously starred in the CBS reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” in the role of Lou Grover. He is also known for his roles in shows like “Pushing Daisies” and “Boston Public,” as well as films like “Waiting,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” and “I, Robot.”
Gross executive produces with David Hollander and Brian D’Arcy James.