2nd UPDATE: NBC brought the total number of pilots picked up today to 10 with two more comedy orders: to Greg Daniels’ adaptation of the British comedy Friday Night Dinner and an untitled half-hour produced by Jimmy Fallon. Both are from Universal TV.
Friday Night Dinner is a single-camera about a quirky family that has dinner together every Friday night. Daniels is executive producing with Howard Klein and the original series’ producer Big Talk TV. The project has already been doing preliminary casting, with David Koechner eyed for a role.
The Jimmy Fallon multi-camera project, written by Charlie Grandy, revolves around three thirtysomething guys who enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves. Fallon, Grandy and Amy Ozols are executive producing. This marks the first pilot for Fallon’s company Holiday Road.
UPDATE: NBC has picked up three more comedy pilots: Daddy’s Girl, a spec by Dana Klein produced by Aaron Kaplan, and projects by Hilary Winston and Stephen Falk.
The multi-camera Daddy’s Girl, from 20th Century Fox TV and Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, is about a young woman who returns home from overseas to find her father is seriously dating the “mean girl” from her high school. The spec was recently taken out, garnering strong interest by NBC and CBS, with NBC stepping up with a pilot order. Klein and Kaplan are executive producing. This marks Kaplan’s fourth broadcast pilot so far this season and his second comedy spec to get a production order at NBC, in addition to Isabel, which is in production. Additionally, Kaplan has The Manzanis starring Kirstie Alley and an untitled Dan Fogelman comedy at ABC.
Stephen Falk’s Next Caller Please, from Lionsgate TV, is a single-camera gender comedy focusing on a brash alpha male DJ and his new, plucky, feminist co-host set in the offices of a satellite radio station. Lead cable player Lionsgate TV made a big push in broadcast development this season, and this is the company’s first broadcast pilot order in years.
The Hilary Winston single-camera project, from Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare, centers on a shy, focused woman who, after being dumped by her fiance, leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge. Winston is executive producing with Tarses and Julia Franz.
PREVIOUS: NBC continued its busy pilot pickup day with green lights to three comedies: Downwardly Mobile, starring Roseanne alumna Roseanne Barr in her return to scripted comedy; Go On, from Friends alum Scott Silveri; and Animal Kingdom, from producers Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan. Downwardly Mobile hails from 20th TV, Go On and Animal Kingdom are produced by Universal TV. Here are descriptions of the projects:
Co-created by Barr, her boyfriend John Argent and former Roseanne executive producer Eric Gilliland, who will serve as showrunner, the multi-camera Downwardly Mobile stars Barr as the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Barr and Gilliland wrote the script and are executive producing with Argent.
The single-camera Go On, written and executive produced by Scott Silveri, centers on an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who tries to move on from loss and reluctantly finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory group therapy sessions.
Animal Kingdom, also single-camera, is an office comedy centered on a House-like veterinarian who loves animals but usually hates their owners. Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka wrote the script and are executive producing with American Work’s Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan.