`My Life' gives reality a script

January 27, 2003|By Roger Catlin | Roger Catlin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HOLLYWOOD - Joe Mozian knew his Connecticut life was a sitcom long before reality-TV producers came around looking for him. He had put it all on the Internet, at www.lifeofjoe.com.

Now he's part of a new reality series My Life Is a Sitcom, which airs at 8 p.m. Mondays on the ABC Family cable channel.

Through 10 episodes, his Greenwich, Conn., family, along with seven other families, will be judged by a panel of former TV comedy stars on their humor potential. The winning family will go to Hollywood where a sitcom pilot will be written and directed based on their lives.

Executive producer Bruce Nash's inspiration comes from the early sitcom, Ozzie and Harriet.

"There was a real family playing themselves on TV in a scripted show based on their lives.

"And I said, `Well, could we find a family in America that could be the next Ozzie and Harriet?' The call went out, and more than 600 families sent in tapes to apply."

Roger Catlin writes for the Hartford Courant, a Tribune Publishing newspaper.

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