EXCLUSIVE: In what marks the first early pilot order to a project pitched this development season, NBC has picked up The Gates, a single-camera comedy pilot from writers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. The project originally landed at NBC in August with a pilot production commitment after a bidding war, and I hear NBC ordered a pilot off a first draft, which rarely happens in network television.
Based on the British comedy of the same name that premiered on Sky Living in August, Gates is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off. It revolves around the parents, the school staff and the 15-minute social minefield they have to navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. Yuspa and Goldsmith wrote the script and executive produce with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan (ABC’s The Neighbors) as well as Laurence Bowen and Philip Clarke of Feelgood Fiction, the UK production company behind the original series (watch the trailer for it below).
Gates is the first pilot order for Yuspa and Goldsmith under the two-year overall deal they inked with 20th TV in May after 15 years at Sony Pictures TV. It is Kaplan’s second consecutive early single-camera comedy pilot at NBC based on a foreign format. Last year, he executive produced family comedy pilot Isabel, an adaptation of a Canadian series. He currently also has pilots at Nick at Nite (Instant Mom starring Tia Mowry), ABC Family (Terminales) and at Lifetime (HR). While at Sony, Yuspa and Goldsmith spent six years on The King Of Queens, rising to executive producers/showrunners, and created and executive produced series ‘Til Death and Big Day. They are repped by ICM Partners, which also reps Feelgood Fiction and put the project together, and attorney Ken Richman.
Yuspa and Goldsmith also have a live family comedy set up at Fox with penalty. Kaplan has another pilot production commitment at ABC for a Robb and Mark Cullen comedy as well as a put pilot commitment at ABC for comedy Strange Calls among a slew of broadcast sales this season.