NBC ordered three singlecam comedy pilots Friday from Universal Television, including a pair from producers Will Ferrell and Greg Daniels.“Assistance,” from exec producers Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke, and written by Leslye Headland, will also be produced by Gary Sanchez Prods. Show centers on an idealistic assistant who is pulled between her work colleague and fiance while trying to manage a demanding boss. Daniels, who currently exec produces NBC laffers “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” will exec produce an untitled show with Tracy Katsky and Howard Klein. Daniels’ Deedle Dee Prods. and 3 Arts Entertainment are also producing. Concept, written by Robert Padnick, looks at the trials and tribulations of dating in your 20s as explored through a group of friends. The pilot focuses on a vulnerable male character being pushed by his three best friends to get back into the dating scene. Lionsgate and Media Talent Group are on board with “Donor Party,” from writer Alex Schemmer, who exec produces with Geyer Kosinski. Ensemble laffer focuses on an irresponsible man forced to grow up when he discovers he has children resulting from his days as a sperm donor. A new family unit develops when a single mom contacts him and he begins to have a relationship with her and the son he never knew he had.
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