EXCLUSIVE: After lengthy negotiations, NBC has closed a deal for Mixed Blessings, a single-camera comedy project executive produced by singer-songwriter John Legend and former NBC executive Teri Weinberg. Rob Pearlstein (Medium) will write and co-executive produce the comedy, which received interest from multiple networks before entering exclusive negotiations with NBC, reuniting Weinberg with the network where she served as EVP under Ben Silverman. John Legend and Mike Jackson are executive producing though their Get Lifted Film Co. and Weinberg’s through her Yellow Brick Road banner. Universal Television will produce.
Inspired by Jackson’s childhood growing up in suburban Philadelphia, Mixed Blessings centers on a prominent, black, street-bred hip-hop artist enjoying his single life who discovers that he has a teenage son and decides to connect with him and his white suburban family. The show explores the culture clash and the complicated journey of a father and son beginning their relationship as the dad soon discovers that fame, talent, and wealth get you nowhere when it comes to parenting. Pearlstein is writing feature comedy True North for Warner Bros with Imagine producing and Ed Helms attached to star. He will direct his original comedy script Someone Marry Barry in 2012. Before her stint NBC, Weinberg worked at then-upstart Reveille and produced a number of series, including Ugly Betty and The Tudors. She continues to serve as a co-executive producer on The Office. This marks the first major foray into TV for Legend and Jackson’s Get Lifted Film and the second high-profile comedy project at NBC this season that has an A-level singer attached as a producer. The network also has a karaoke comedy in the works, which is executive produced by Adam Levine. Jake Kasdan is attached to direct the potential pilot from a script by Gene Hong for 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment. Mixed Blessings was packaged by CAA.