NBC kicked off the comedy pilot orders this season with pickups of three half-hour projects from sister studio Universal TV: How We Live, Superstore and an untitled comedy from Hot In Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin.
The untitled multi-camera Suzanne Martin comes from the Hot In Cleveland team of Martin and Hazy Mills. It chronicles how things backfire for recent empty-nesters when their children and their parents move back home. Martin wrote the script and is exec producing with Hazy Mills’ Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. In addition to Hot In Cleveland, which is ending its run on TV Land after a six-season run, the trio also have spinoff Soul Man on the cable network.
Single-camera How We Live, written/executive produced by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley (Scrubs, Happy Endings) and executive produced by David Janollari, was inspired by Cragg and Bradley’s personal observations of their own family lives. It centers on a blogger and his wife who move to the suburbs where he begins writing about marriage and the family lives of his suburban friends and neighbors, in the style of an anthropologist who’s stumbled on an undiscovered tribe.
Single-camera Superstore, written by former The Office writer-producer Justin Spitzer and directed by Ruben Fleischer, is about a group of employees at a big box store and examines love, friendship and the beauty of everyday moments. Spitzer, Fleischer and David Bernad exec produce.