CBS has emerged the winner in what was an intense bidding war over Things You Should Already Know, an ensemble single-camera comedy about millennials from Ben Schwartz (House Of Lies), Laura Moses, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions, and CBS TV Studios. Based on the upcoming illustrated guide to millennial dating by Schwartz and Moses titled Things You Should Know About Dating, You F*cking Idiot, the project is part of a first-look deal that Gary Sanchez Productions has with CBS TV Studios.
Set for release by Hachette Book Group in Fall 2017, Things You Should Know About Dating, You F*cking Idiot is an illustrated collection of advice and tips for successfully navigating the dating world as a millennial that the publisher describes as:
"For single millennials, this situation is all too familiar: You're on a date. It's going well! Then suddenly your date looks at you like you're a f*cking idiot and you never hear from that person again. Guess you're going to die alone, right? Maybe not! Humble authors Ben Schwartz and Laura Moses have written a book to save the future of the human race: Things You Should Already Know About Dating, You F*cking Idiot, a collection of 100 dating tips–complete with illustrations–that teaches clueless guys and girls the dos and don'ts of dating. In their book, Ben and Laura cover all the basics, from 'Why are you texting in just Emojis, dummy?!' to 'Stop playing games, idiot!' and, of course, 'PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN, A**HOLE!' Simply put, this book will make you laugh and finally give you a fighting chance at not dying alone."
Schwartz and Moses will adapt their book to series, using the "rules" they've outlined to follow a group of millennials who realize they have to put down their phones and learn how to be actual adults if they don't want to die alone.
Ferrell, McKay and Schwartz will executive produce the series, along with Kevin Messick from CBS TV Studios. Gary Sanchez exec Betsy Koch is also on board to help guide the series through production.