UPDATE: NBC has ordered a pair of Gary Sanchez Productions comedy pilots — the Kate Walsh-starring Bad Judge and the Krysten Ritter-starrer Mission Control — and with a third series order is back in the multi-camera game adding One Big Happy for midseason. I hear Mission Control and One Big Happy orders were for six episodes eyed for midseason. I also hear this will wrap the network’s pickups for the day.
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NBC has been high on the gay-straight relationship sitcom One Big Happy produced by Ellen DeGeneres and starring Elisha Cuthbert and Nick Zano, though there had been questions whether the single-camera-heavy NBC would be open to dabble back into multi-camera sitcoms. (Besides One Big Happy, NBC brass also liked the Jerrod Carmichael multi-camera presentation, though it has not been picked up) Written by Liz Feldman, One Big Happy from Warner Bros TV and DeGeneres’ A Very Good Prods centers on best friends Lizzy (who is gay) and Luke (who is straight) who have been like family since they were kids. The best friends decide to have a baby together, but things get complicated when the man finds the love of his life (Kelly Brook) and a different kind of family is born. Brandon Smith, Rebecca Corry and Chris Williams co-star. Feldman and director Scott Ellis serve as executive producers with DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman.
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Bad Judge centers on wild child Rebecca Wright (Walsh), who happens to be one of LA’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges. She’s far from ready to settle down … except when an 8-year-old boy — whose parents she put in jail — needs her help. Chad Kultgen is the writer and exec producer with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Anne Heche, Jill Sobel Messick, Kevin Messick and Walsh. Mather Zickel, John Ducey, Tone Bell and Theodore Barnes co-star.
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Mission Control centers on a tough but brilliant aerospace engineer (Ritter) leading a team of NASA scientists at the cutting edge of space exploration. The only problem is, this is the 1960s and she’s a woman. Malcolm Barrett, Jonathan Slavin and Julie Meyer co-star. Writer David Hornsby also executive produces with Gary Sanchez’s Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Owen Burke.