Ed Helms, star of NBC‘s biggest comedy series of the past five years, The Office, is producing a new comedy project for the network written by Aisha Muharrar. Meanwhile, Fox has bought a comedy produced by one of the stars of its current flagship comedy series, New Girl‘s Jake Johnson. It is written by Matt Spicer.
The Aisha Muharrar NBC project centers on a gifted teen who aspires to be the next Oprah, but lacks the social skills and life experience, so she uses her family and friends as the reluctant case studies in her mission to solve everyone’s problems, including her own. Universal TV, where Helms’ newly launched company Pacific Electric Picture Co. has a first-look deal, is producing, with Helms and Pacific Electric Picture EVP Michael Falbo executive producing. Muharrar, repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham, is currently a producer on NBC/Uni TV’s Parks And Recreation, where she started as a staff writer.
The Matt Spicer Fox project is about a dysfunctional family, centered on a below-average father who’s determined to make them all winners. New Girl studio 20th Century Fox TV is producing, with Johnson and Max Winkler executive producing through their recently launched Walcott Co, which has a deal at 20th TV. Spicer also is executive producing, while Josh Greenbaum is co-executive producing, with Mary Lee overseeing for Walcott. Spicer and Winkler are with CAA, Management 360, and Karl Austen; Johnson with UTA and 3 Arts; Greenbaum with UTA and 360.