Actor, writer and comedian Julian McCullough will write and topline a multi-camera comedy for NBC inspired by his childhood. The project, Poor House, hails from Ed Helms’ Pacific Electric company and Universal TV, where the company has a first-look deal. Poor House centers on a free-spirited, anti-establishment, non-conformist dad who drifts across America and through life until he decides to let his teenaged son have a normal high school experience, settling in a wealthy, Norman Rockwell-esque utopia where they share the only rundown house in town with two other working class misfits. Mike Pennie (Raising Hope), who has been under an overall deal at Uni TV, will serve as showrunner. He and McCullough executive produce with Pacific Electric’s Helms and Mike Falbo. Pacific Electric has another comedy project at NBC from an up-and-coming performer, Big Kids, from Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre’s Joe Wengert, with Claudia Lonow attached as executive producer/showrunner.
McCullough, repped by CAA, Molly Mandel of Mosaic and Melissa Fox, has performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and NPR’s This American Life, and starred in his own half-hour special on Comedy Central and three stand-alone specials for VH1. A regular on Chelsea Lately, he most recently hosted two pilots for E!, in addition to appearing on Inside Amy Schumer and @Midnight. Pennie is repped by UTA and Jared Levine. Helms and Pacific Electric are repped by CAA, Principato-Young, and Schreck, Rose.