UPDATED: NBC is determined to get a comedy going starring hot young comedian Jerrod Carmichael. After filming a presentation last season, the network has officially ordered a new pilot with a new premise and a new writer/executive producer, Nick Stoller, who directed Carmichael in the feature comedy Neighbors. Written by Carmichael and Stoller, the untitled project toplined by Carmichael is described as a irreverent multi-camera comedy inspired by his stand-up and his relationships with his girlfriend and family. Stoller is executive producing with Carmichael and Ravi Nandan, who also exec produced the first Carmichael presentation. Scott Ellis, who helmed the original presentation, is on board to direct the mew pilot. Universal TV again is the studio.
NBC originally ordered a lower-budget presentation based on Carmichael’s stand-up last December. It was co-written/executive produced by Mike Pennie. The presentation, about a consummate optimist (Carmichael) who is eager to take on the world — but is too busy taking on everyone and everything in his small corner of it — was one of the surprises of last pilot season, coming close to a series pickup. Instead, the network kept Carmichael in the fold, offering him a second pilot in June. That offer has materialized into the formal pilot order for the untitled Carmichael/Stoller project .
Carmichael’s star has been on the rise. In addition to his role in Neighbors, he also recently toplined an HBO stand-up special directed by Spike Lee. Stoller has co-written several movies with Jason Segel, including The Muppets and The Five-Year Engagement. Like many from the Judd Apatow crew, he started his career on Apatow’s cult Fox series Uncdeclared, where he was a writer.
Carmichael is repped by CAA and PJ Shapiro. Ellis also is with CAA.