Rob Schneider plans to shake up Hollywood by independently producing an eight-episode comedy, Real Rob.
According to Indiewire, Schneider will star alongside real-life wife, Patricia Azarcoya Schneider, and Jamie Lissow. The trio co-wrote the show. The series is a half-hour comedy that falls between Curb Your Enthusiasm and Louie. Schneider has based the series on his life and he will portray an exaggerated version of himself. The show will also feature breaks for stand-up bits.
“I’m not afraid to expose aspects of my life; this is close to the bone,” Schneider said.
He has financed a majority of the series with a little help from some friends. He kept costs down by not paying himself. The next step for Schneider is to take the series out to cable networks like FX and HBO. He will also approach Netflix and other online distributors. He would like to get away from network notes and pilot season forms. He gave praise to Tyler Perry’s successful new path with the 10-90 model for comedy series. The 10-90 model involves the first 10 episodes of a series being successful and meeting a rating goal so they automatically get an order for 90 addition episodes.
“If I pull this off, other actors are going to realize that they can go around the networks and studios and get their shows out to the public,” Schneider said.
Schneider had a 2012 CBS multi-camera sitcom ¡Rob! that only ran for eight episodes before being cancelled.