EXCLUSIVE: Former Daily Show executive producer Josh Lieb has sold two multi-camera comedy projects — one at NBC with actor-comedian Nick Thune and one at Fox that Jack Black’s company is producing. Both hail from Warner Bros Television.
The Lieb/Thune comedy received multiple offers before landing at NBC with penalty. Lieb and Thune will write the script for the project, which centers on a heartbroken hipster who quits his job and city life and moves to a small Oregon town. Thune is attached to star, while Lieb would showrun behind the Fox project, which is in first position. Lieb will executive produce, Thune will co-executive produce. Thune, repped by WME and 3 Arts, has starred in NBC comedy pilots for the past two seasons, Beach Lane in 2010 and I Hate That I Love You last year.
Lieb’s Fox comedy, which has a script commitment, is co-produced by WBTV, Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite and Reveille, where the company has an exclusive production deal. Written and to be executive produced by Lieb, the untitled project centers on a newly divorced father of two who asks his twentysomething sister to move in with him and help him restart his life. After a four-year stint as Daily Show executive producer, WME-repped Lieb left the hit Comedy Central show at the beginning of the year to write another multi-camera comedy project for NBC and WBTV set at a rental-car agency in Dallas.