NBC has given a pilot green light to an untitled single-camera comedy starring and executive produced by Kal Penn (Designated Survivor), writer-producer Matt Murray, The Good Place creator/executive producer Michael Schur and Universal TV.
Co-written by Penn and Murray, the comedy, which had a put-pilot commitment, centers on former New York City Councilman Garrett Shah (Penn), who finds his calling when faced with six recent immigrants in need of his help and in search of the American Dream.
Penn and Murray executive produce alongside Schur, who is supervising, via his Fremulon, Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment and David Miner of 3 Arts Entertainment. Universal TV, where Schur and Murray have overall deals, is the studio.
This is the third comedy starring vehicle that NBC has picked up to pilot this season, joining half-hours headlined by Kenan Thompson and Bradley Whitford. It is the sixth comedy pilot overall, in addition to seven one-hour pilots/straight-to-series as the network is starting to wrap up its orders.
The project marks a return to comedy for Penn who co-starred on the ABC drama Designated Survivor for the past two seasons. He is committed to return to the White House series’ upcoming third season on Netflix with a one-year deal.
Penn, whose series acting credits also include House and How I Met Your Mother, also did a stint working for the Obama administration. He is repped by UTA, Industry Entertainment and Fuller Law.
Murray has been a longtime collaborator of Schur’s. Both started their careers on Saturday Night Live. Since moving to Los Angeles, Murray has worked on Community as well as three series created/co-created by Schur, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place. Murray is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Hansen Jacobson. Schur is repped UTA, 3 Arts and Hansen Jacobson.