UPDATE, 12 PM: NBC has added another comedy pilot to the mix, the single-camera Two To Go, from Universal TV and studio-based David Janollari Entertainment and Jason Bateman‘s Aggregate. Written/co-exec produced by Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley (The Hard Times Of RJ Berger, which Janollari developed and launched at MTV), Two To Go centers on longtime best friends Kurt and Laura, who grapple with the challenges of modern-day dating while their group of friends try and prove that they are destined to be together. Janollari, Bateman and Jim Garavente executive produce. This is Janollari’s second pilot at NBC, joining drama Salvation. Aggregate has upcoming NBC comedy series Growing Up Fisher.
PREVIOUS, 9:40 AM: Sixteen years after Ellen DeGeneres came out on her ABC sitcom, another broadcast comedy with a lesbian lead is inching closer to primetime. NBC has given a pilot order to a multi-camera comedy executive produced by DeGeneres. The project, titled One Big Happy, is written/exec produced by openly gay comedy scribe Liz Feldman (2 Broke Girls). In it, a gay (woman) and straight (man) best friends decide to have a baby together, but things get complicated when the man finds the love of their life. Warner Bros TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production are producing, with AVGP’s Jeff Kleeman also exec producing. Feldman previously worked for two years on DeGeneres’ hit syndicated talk show and wrote for DeGeneres’ first stint as Oscar host. (DeGeneres is back on Oscar duty on March 2). NBC has a tradition with gay-themed comedies, most notably Will & Grace, and launched two half-hour series centered on gay men the last two seasons with The New Normal and Sean Saves The World.