Parks & Recreation star and Golden Globes co-host Amy Poehler has inked a three-year overall deal with NBC and Universal TV, the studio behind the praised comedy. The first project under the pact is a comedy co-created by Poehler, which has received a pilot green light from NBC. Tentatively titled Old Soul, it stars Natasha Lyonne as a young woman who’s trying to find herself, but in the meantime she’s working as the aide to a group of opinionated elderly people. “This show, hopefully, will blow up some of the cliches we think about old people,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “It’s been a while since The Golden Girls gave us a funny and insightful ensemble of seniors, and I hope this show will do that too.” Greenblatt later noted that he wants seniors represented on TV.
“There’s great actors available to play roles like this.We spend a lot of time looking for 20‑ and 30‑somethings and not that much time looking for 60‑somethings.So we just thought it was a different way to go with a comedy landscape that starts to feel very familiar and homogeneous.”Poehler co-created the project with Jonathan Fener and Josh Bycel, who also have an overall deal at Uni TV. The script was written on spec and was only delivered a couple of days ago. The three executive produce with 3 Arts’ Dave Becky. At Uni TV, Poehler joins longtime friend and Golden Globes co-host Tina Fey, who also is under an overall producing deal. Fey signed her pact as her show, 30 Rock, was wrapping its run. But Poehler will juggle both as NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced this morning that Parks & Recreation will be renewed for a seventh season.
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