UPDATE: NBC also gave a pilot order to single-camera comedy The Pro, starring and executive produced by Rob Lowe. Comedy veterans Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory wrote write the script and serve as showrunners, with Todd Holland set to direct. The project, which had a production commitment, stems from a development deal NBC inked with Lowe in the summer when he was finalizing his upcoming exit from Parks And Recreation. It is co-produced by ABC Studios, which has a deal with Huyck and Gregory, and Universal TV, with ABC Studios taking lead. The Pro stars Lowe as former tennis doubles champion “Big Ben” Bertrahm, whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club, where he tries to hustle and charm his way back into America’s 1%. Huyck and Gregory are executive producing with Holland and Karey Burke through their Uni TV-based Dark Toy banner, and Brillstein Entertainment’s Marc Gurvitz.
PREVIOUS: This is a significant development at NBC as it appeared uncertain whether the network would stay in the multi-camera business this pilot season. So far, NBC had picked up 9 half-hour pilots — all single-camera — and two straight-to-series comedies, also both single-camera. This afternoon, NBC made its first multi-camera pilot pickup, giving the green light to Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, Universal TV and studio-based Peter Traugott’s TBD Entertainment. It is an odd couple comedy in which two polar opposites become inextricably linked after one saves the other’s life. Calhoun, Traugott and TBD’s Rachel Kaplan executive produce. NBC has two multi-camera series on the air this season, Sean Saves The World and the upcoming Undateable, which is actually the second highest multi-cam tally for a broadcast network behind CBS. But I hear NBC brass had been debating whether to further build that part of their comedy portfolio this year. This marks Traugott and Kaplan’s second pilot order so far this season; they also have the Jeff Lowell comedy at ABC through ABC Studios.