Last month, NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt outlined one of the network’s top priorities for this development season as “How do we find the next great comedy?” A month into the selling process, NBC — which is retreating from the genre in its fall lineup — has emerged as the most aggressive comedy buyer, shelling out a slew of very big commitments. The latest is a production commitment to Dumb Prince, a royal-family comedy written by Charlie Grady (The Mindy Project) and executive produced by Amy Poehler.
Dumb Prince, from Universal TV, where Poehler’s Paper Kite Prods. is under a deal, and 3 Arts, centers on a reluctant Crown Prince’s attempt to run the family business his way, thereby throwing his highly publicized and dysfunctional family into chaos. Grandy and Poehler executive produce with Dave Becky and Brooke Posch.
With comedy buying still in full swing, NBC already has handed one straight-to-series 13-episode order, to Mike Schur’s The Good Place; three pilot orders — to a project produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and two comedies submitted through the NBC Playground initiative (additionally, NBC has ordered a pilot for an hourlong dramedy from comedy writer Dan Fogelman); two production commitments to a project from Schur and Matt Hubbard and the DC Comics-themed Powerless; as well as two put pilots to the puppet show-themed Bumbleberry Lane and legal comedy The Trail.
Last season, Saturday Night Live alum Grandy wrote the Fox/Uni TV comedy pilot 48 Hours ‘Til Monday.