In a very competitive situation that went down to the wire, Fox has nabbed a comedy pitch from the Parks & Recreation duo of co-creator/exec producer/showrunner Michael Schur and executive producer Dan Goor with a pilot production commitment. The single-camera comedy, from Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment, is about a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City. Schur and Goor will co-write the script and executive produce the project with 3 Arts’ David Miner. For Schur, the project falls under the new overall deal he just signed with Universal TV.
From the get go, the NBC-affiliated studio made a strategic decision to take the pitch out wide. The show was pitched to the four major broadcast networks who all pursued it. Uni TV recently used the same strategy with a Jason Katims/Sarah Watson medical drama pitch, which also landed at Fox after fielding interest from multiple networks. In addition to the two projects in development, Universal TV has a high-profile new series on Fox, comedy The Mindy Project. The two companies have a long-standing relationship through veteran Fox drama House, which was produced by Uni TV.
The Schur/Goor project was one of three comedy pitches that sparked bidding wars last week. Sony TV’s family comedy starring Michael J. Fox and co-created/produced by Will Gluck landed at NBC with a whopping 22-episode on-air commitment, while another Sony TV pitch, a Tad Quill firefighter project starring David Walton, went to CBS with a put pilot commitment.