EXCLUSIVE: Sought-after pilot director Marc Buckland has been tapped to helm The Gates, NBC‘s recently picked up single-camera comedy pilot from writers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. The project, which was given an early green light, is based on the British series of the same name that premiered on Sky Living in August. It is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off and revolves around the parents, school staff and 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 as well as Laurence Bowen and Philip Clarke of Feelgood Fiction, the UK production company behind the original series.
The Gates reunites Buckland with NBC and 20th TV, the network and studio behind the comedy My Name Is Earl, whose pilot Buckland directed, winning an Emmy. ICM Partners-repped Buckland has a long history at NBC. The last three broadcast pilots he directed were also all for NBC and all went to series: Grimm, Love Bites and Next Caller. He recently completed USA’s comedy pilot Paging Dr. Freed.