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'Will & Grace' Producers Sign on as 'Love Bites' Showrunners

by Kim Potts, posted Jul 19th 2010 8:50AM
Writer/producers Jon Kinnally and Tracy Poust know a thing or two about romance and relationships on a TV comedy, and the 'Will & Grace' veterans will bring that experience to their new gigs as showrunners for NBC's midseason comedy 'Love Bites.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kinnally and Poust will oversee the show as part of a two-year, seven-figure deal with Universal Media Studios. The duo, who ran the last two seasons of 'Will & Grace,' also co-wrote and produced 'Ugly Betty' at ABC for four seasons.
"We worked with Jon and Tracy for many years on 'Will & Grace' and feel they are perfect for this job on 'Love Bites,'" NBC primetime entertainment president Angela Bromstad said. "Not only do they bring intelligence, passion and great experience, but they are one of the funniest writing duos working in television today. This is great news for an incredibly promising new show."

The hiring of the new 'Love Bites' showrunners is the latest switcheroo in the show's so-far rocky road to primetime.

'Loves Bites' creator Cindy Chupack, also a writer and producer on 'Sex and the City' and 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' was supposed to serve as her new series' showrunner, but she stepped down in June, citing personal reasons. She will continue to write for the anthology series.

Meanwhile, series co-star Jordana Spiro had to leave the show, because she's still committed to her TBS comedy 'My Boys.' Then the show had to be pushed back from a fall 2010, to a January 2011, premiere when star Becki Newton ('Ugly Betty'), whose 'Love Bites' character is a virgin, announced that she's pregnant in real life.

NBC swapped 'The Apprentice' in for 'Love Bites' at 10PM on Thursdays, though there's a chance the show could still see a 2010 premiere if one of the network's other new fall shows flop.

Among 'Love Bites' other cast: 'Felicity'/'Alias'/'Heroes' star Greg Grunberg, who was a guest star in the pilot, has signed on as a regular, as has Constance Zimmer ('Entourage'). Both, along with Newton, will appear in every episode of the show, along with standalone stories.

In the show's pilot, Grunberg plays Judd, a married man whose celebrity sex list -- the list of celebs he's "allowed" to have sex with if he ever had the opportunity -- includes Jennifer Love Hewitt. While on an airplane with his BFF (played by 'The Office' star and 'Last Comic Standing' host Craig Robinson), Judd runs into Love, and through a bit of fast talking, she offers to not only fulfil his celeb sex wish list, but to help him join the mile high club.

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