NBC has picked up the tentatively titled Julia Louis-Dreyfus laffer “23:12” for midseason.
Peacock has ordered 12 episodes of the real-time comedy, on top of the already-completed pilot. It’s expected the series will launch in March, following the net’s broadcast of the 2002 Winter Olympics — though it’s possible it could land on the air earlier.
Skein, from Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, features former “Seinfeld” sidekick Louis-Dreyfus as a nightclub singer/voiceover thesp living in Los Angeles. Action will unfold in real time — hence the title, which refers to the length of the show (minus commercials).
Brad Hall, who is married to Louis-Dreyfus, created the series and is its exec producer.
NBC won the rights to the project last March after agreeing to Louis-Dreyfus’ request to appear in only 15 episodes per season instead of the standard 22.
Steve Carell of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and feature thesp Peter Stormare (“Chocolat”) were among the members of the ensemble cast assembled for the pilot. Don Lake (“Waiting for Guffman”) and Brit thesp Darren Boyd also are set to be regulars.
Louis-Dreyfus will be the third member of the “Seinfeld” quartet to make a go at a new sitcom. A Michael Richards-led comedy disappeared after less than a season last year on NBC, while Jason Alexander is currently starring in ABC’s “Bob Patterson.”
A rep for C-W-M declined comment.
Deal for “23:12” was packaged by CAA and Endeavor.