There is a heatwave in Hollywood these days, and it’s not just the scorching temperatures outside. After a sluggish start of the buying season, comedies are getting red-hot with another bidding war. A pitch from the Parks & Recreation duo of co-creator/exec producer/showrunner Michael Schur and co-executive producer Dan Goor was just taken out to the four major broadcast networks, and all are pursuing it. The untitled project, which Schur and Goor will co-write together, is a single-camera comedy about a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City. Schur and Goor are executive producing for Universal Television. I hear the NBC-affiliated studio made a strategic decision to take the pitch out wide. It recently did the same with a Jason Katims/Sarah Watson medical drama, which landed at Fox after fielding interest from multiple networks.
Comedy-wise, the Schur-Goor project joins the Sony TV comedy pitch starring Michael J. Fox and produced by Will Gluck, which also sparked a bidding frenzy. NBC appears to be a frontrunner to land the project with a big commitment but the dust has not yet settled. Sony TV has another comedy with talent attached, a Tad Quill firefighter project starring David Walton, which also in the midst of competitive situation.