NBCU comedy projects at Fox, ABC and NBC
Doug Liman’s Hypnotic banner is working overtime this development season for Universal Cable Prods. The shingle has set up four comedy projects spread among Fox, ABC and NBC, in addition to the dramas it has seeded at the Peacock and Fox.
The burst of activity from Hypnotic, run by Liman and his longtime collaborator Dave Bartis, comes as UCP spreads its wings in a push to produce for networks outside of the NBCUniversal corporate family.
At Fox, Hypnotic and UCP are in pursuit of “One Great Life,” a single-cam ensembler about four friends who decide to pool their resources to share the good life but find themselves in a sober-living house for singles. Script will be penned by Shaun Zaken and Jay Baxter, who most recently co-created the TV Guide Network reality skein “Nail Files” with “Jersey Shore” maven SallyAnn Salsano.
The other Fox project, to be penned by Laurie Silverstein, is still in the formative stage.
At ABC, scribe Sara Endsley is setting “Table for One,” about a woman in her late 30s who finds herself surrounded by married friends with kids. At NBC, feature writer Pete Jones (“Hall Pass”) is grappling with “Terrible Twenty-Twos,” the story of a 22-year-old femme college grad who struggles to figure out her adult life after moving back home with her family.
The projects mark UCP’s first efforts at fielding laffers for the Big Four networks. The division produces a host of scripted series for USA Network and Syfy, as well as the fledgling Lifetime drama “Against the Wall” and MTV’s upcoming comedy “I Just Want My Pants Back.”
Zaken and Baxter are repped by Kaplan Stahler Agency, Fineman Entertainment and attorney Stephen Clark of Lichter Grossman.