In a nod to the early days of television when sitcoms were broadcast live, NBC has put in development Hospitality, a multi-camera comedy, which would air live every week, including live commercials during the breaks. The project hails from writer Chris Moynihan, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills Prods. and Universal TV. Penned by Moynihan, Hospitality is set in a midtown Manhattan hotel and focuses on the hospitality staff. Moynihan, Hayes and Milliner executive produce. Actor Moynihan has established himeslef as a prolific TV creator, with four produced pilots, Foster Hall, 100 Questions, Man Up and Saint Francis, two of which 100 Questions and Man Up, went to series. He also has a second multi-camera comedy at NBC that he is producing with Jonathan Prince. Also an actor by trade, Hayes, along with his producing partner Milliner, have built a solid producing business with four long-running series, Hot In Cleveland and spinoff The Soul Man at TV Land and Grimm and Hollywood Game Night at NBC.
Once a staple, live comedy is extremely rare on TV these days, with NBC’s late-night sketch comedy Saturday Night Live left alone to carry the tradition. A handful of comedy series have done live episodes, most notably The Drew Carey Show and 30 Rock. Networks have been interested in live entertainment content in the era of time shifted viewing. Two years ago, Fox developed Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith‘s Live From Our Living Room, a re-imagining of the domestic family multi-cam sitcom to air live every week. Moynihan is repped by Thruline and Rothman Brecher. Price also is with Rothman Brecher.