NBC has given a put pilot commitment to The High Life, a single-camera comedy from the brother-and-sister writing duo Will Reiser (50/50) and comedian Robin Reiser. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, is about the trials and tribulations of a misguided young woman, who’s newly sober and trying to navigate motherhood, work and marriage – all of which makes her want to drink. The Reisers are executive producing with JJ Philbin, Jake Kasdan and Thruline’s Willie Mercer, with Melvin Mar producing. Most of the auspices on the project have strong Hollywood lineage. Will and Robin Reiser are cousins to comedian Paul Reiser, Philbin is the daughter of Regis Philbin, while Kasdan’s father is writer-director Lawrence Kasdan.
This is the second comedy project at NBC this development season that is being written by siblings. Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers and his younger brother, Josh Meyers (Mad TV), are co-writing a multi-camera sitcom about brothers, which is executive produced by SNL honcho Lorne Michaels.
Reiser, who wrote the screenplay for 50/50 loosely based on his own life, is currently penning an animated feature for DreamWorks. Philbin is a Writer/Consulting Producer on New Girl, while Kasdan, who helmed the pilot for the Fox comedy, serves as an Executive Producer/Director. Will and Robin Reiser are repped by by UTA, Thruline and attorney James Feldman, Philbin is with UTA and 3 Arts, Kasdan and Mar with WME.