NBC has bought Undateable, a buddy comedy from Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztykiel (Due Date, Made Of Honor). The multi-camera project, which has received a script commitment with penalty, is based on the book Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won’t Be Dating Or Having Sex, by Ellen Rakieten & Anne Coyle. Written by Sztykiel with Lawrence supervising, it is described as a bromantic comedy about two very different guys who are bonded by their common inability to attract women. Sztykiel and Lawrence will executive produce with Jeff Ingold for Warner Bros TV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer.
The book lists things that would render men undateable, rating them by level of offense. The list includes such no-nos as wearing socks with sandals, pleated shorts or soul patches or jogging in place at stoplights. Ingold found the book, which was optioned by Warner Bros TV, and Sztykiel was brought in to write the script.
This is the third comedy sale for Doozer this season. The other two, also based on books, are I Suck At Girls, which got a pilot production commitment at Fox, and Ali In Wonderland, which is a put pilot at NBC. Last season, Sztykiel’s comedy script Awesometown went to pilot at ABC with 20th Century Fox TV producing. Lawrence and Doozer are with ICM Partners; Sztykiel is with UTA and Kaplan/Perrone.