A new trend of couples sharing a house is finding its way to the small screen. NBC has put in development The Walk-Up, a multi-camera comedy from Jason Katims’ True Jack Prods. Written by Julia Brownell (Parenthood), the project is inspired by the growing real-world phenomenon as detailed in the recent TheAtlantic.com article “Two Couples, One Mortgage” (read it here). It is a first-person narrative about two 30-something couples — one with a baby on the way — who decide to buy and live in a Brooklyn brownstone together, creating their own version of the modern urban family. Brownell and True Jack’s Katims and Michelle Lee executive produce for Universal TV where True Jack is based.
Brownell is a New York playwright who had worked on Hung and Smash before Katims and Lee recruited her for his NBC drama Parenthood and then for Katims’ latest series, single-camera NBC comedy About A Boy. Taking a stab at a multi-camera comedy is something Katims and Brownell have long been looking to do because of their shared theater roots. This marks True Jack’s third sale so far this season, along with the Sarah Watson medical drama, which has a put pilot commitment at CBS, and Stu Zicherman’s romantic comedy at Showtime.