New regime jumpstarts prospects for 2011-12 season
NBC beefed up its 2011 comedy development slate Wednesday by ordering four pilots.The Peacock’s newly appointed entertainment chief, Bob Greenblatt, has hit the ground running during the past week in greenlighting contenders for the coming season. Net is going forward with an untitled multicam laffer from Whitney Cummings, who will also star. Plot focuses on a young couple and the ups and downs of a committed relationship in today’s complicated world. Scott Stuber, Quan Phung, Barry Katz will exec produce; Cummings will be a co-exec producer. Show comes from Universal Media Studios and Scott Stuber Prods. “Rescue Me” co-creator Peter Tolan is delivering “Brave New World” from Sony Pictures Television and Fedora Entertainment. The single-camera workplace comedy follows a group of unusual characters at Pilgrim Village, a theme park that specializes in re-creations of New England in 1637.Tolan will exec produce with Michael Wimer. Also from Sony Pictures Television, with Reveille and Electric Dynamic, is “My Life as an Experiment,” about a magazine writer who immerses himself (and his family) in unusual situations for his stories that always reflect back on his marriage. Pilot is based on the book by A.J. Jacobs, who also writes for Esquire. Writers are Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, who will exec produce with Jack Black, Carolyn Bernstein, Howard Owens, Ben Cooley and Priyanka Mattoo. NBC also ordered “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” from Warner Bros. TV. The multicam sitcom is based on Handler’s bestselling novel and follows the lives of a group of twentysomethings living and working together, headed by a very outspoken young woman. Handler will neither write nor appear in the show. Julie Larson and Dottie Dartland Zicklin will pen the script and exec produce with Handler, Tom Werner and Mike Clements of Good Humor Television and Tom Brunelle of Handler’s Borderline Amazing Prods. Late in the day ABC ordered the pilot “Other People’s Kids.” Multicam comedy is from writer Hunter Covington, with Stacy Traub and Peter Traugott exec producing. Show, produced by ABC Studios and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is about a 32-year-old guy with no responsibilities who suddenly finds himself with an insta-family. He falls in love with an older woman who has two children, an ex-husband and former in-laws.