'Just Shoot Me' team delivers family laffer
NBC greenlit a trio of pilots Tuesday, including efforts from Howie Mandel and radio personality Phil Hendrie.Peacock also picked up a family comedy from former “Just Shoot Me” showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio. “Happy Family,” to be exec produced by Port and Guarascio, centers on would-be empty nesters whose grown children end up moving back in. Project comes from NBC Studios. The Hendrie project, written by Peter Tolan (“Analyze That”), stars the nighttime radio talker as a former city cop who moves to a gated community, where he encounters the crazy residents as its new head of security (Daily Variety, Nov. 21). Tolan will exec produce. The single-camera/multicamera hybrid show will feature a number of characters created by Hendrie for his KFI-based syndicated show. As for Mandel, the comedian has refashioned his “Tonight Show” hidden-camera pranks into a sitcom penned with Mark Driscoll (“Ellen”). Project, from Pariah TV and 3 Arts Entertainment, will have Mandel essentially playing himself (Daily Variety, Nov. 15). Gavin Polone and Michael Rotenberg will exec produce with Driscoll.