It’s a big Friends day, with the popular sitcom, coming off its 20th anniversary celebration, getting licensed to Netflix for the first time. Here is more Friends-related news: Two of the series MVPs — former executive producers/co-showrunners Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan — are back at NBC with a new multi-camera comedy. The untitled project, from 20th Century Fox TV where Silveri is under an overall deal, has received a put pilot commitment from the network. Co-written/executive produced by Silveri and Goldberg-Meehan, the comedy is about an uptight family man and his boomer parents who are attacking their golden years like it’s spring break. Veteran multi-camera helmer Andy Ackerman is attached to direct.
Last season, Silveri, Goldberg-Meehan and Ackerman teamed with former Seinfeld writer-producer David Mandel for another multi-camera family comedy, The Mistake, which went to pilot at CBS but had difficulties casting.
Married couple Silveri and Goldberg-Meehan started off as a writing team post-college and through their first two series gigs on Mad About You and Friends. They also created the Friends spinoff Joey, which they ran together for the first season. Since then, the two had gone their separate ways, each getting pilot and series orders including series Go On and Perfect Couples at NBC (Silveri) and Better With You at ABC (Godlberg-Meehan), until they reunited as writing partners on The Mistake.
Both are repped by WME as is Ackerman.