UPDATED: After picking up five single-camera new comedy series, NBC today ordered its first multi-camera show for next season, the Jimmy Fallon-produced Guys With Kids. For now, it’s the only multi-camera NBC comedy series — new or returning — confirmed for next season, which raises the question of what it will be paired with. Multi-camera sitcoms traditionally fare better in a block as evident by CBS’ success with the format. Besides Guys With Kids, the only NBC multi-camera comedy pilot still alive is Daddy’s Girls, which has not heard about its fate yet, with Ladyfriends fading fast and the rest, including Roseanne Barr’s Downwardly Mobile, over. The possible scenarios I’m hearing are: 1. NBC picks up Daddy’s Girls. 2. It pairs Guys with a single-camera comedy. And 3. The network brings back Whitney for a second season. The last scenario had been looking very unlikely lately but I hear the network brass are revisiting the idea of possibly renewing Whitney, created by and starring Whitney Cummings, after a very low-rated first season.
Written by Charlie Grandy, the Universal TV-produced Guys With Kids revolves around three 30-something guys (Jesse Bradford, Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger) who enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves. Grandy, Fallon and Amy Ozols executive produce with Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz who as executive producers/showrunners. The cast of the pilot also includes Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tempestt Bledsoe as well as Sara Rue as a guest star. Rue in second position to another multi-camera comedy pilot, Malibu Country, which is looking good at ABC, so her role in the Fallon project may have to be recast. This is the second new series pickup at NBC today, following this morning order to drama Chicago Fire. Of the remaining NBC comedy pilots, the only ones that are not dead yet are, Daddy’s Girls, Ladyfriends and single-camera Isabel. As I’ve reported before, among those not going forward is Friday Night Dinner.