You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Cosby’ scribe gets NBC order

Chenoweth inked to topline

NBC’s aggressive hunt for fresh comedy blood continues: The Peacock has given Paramount Network Television a 13-seg order for a half-hour sitcom to be created by Emmy-winning scribe John Markus (“The Cosby Show.”)

Broadway thesp Kristin Chenoweth, who snagged a Tony Award earlier this year for playing Sally in the revival of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” is set to star in the skein, which is being targeted for a fall 2000 bow.

“Many people have had their eyes on Kristin Chenoweth for some time now, and we’re lucky to have her star in this project,” said NBC Entertainment prexy Garth Ancier. “Combining her considerable talents with those of John Markus — an experienced, top-notch showrunner– is a dream come true.”

Markus is still writing a pilot script, but Chenoweth is expected to play a young woman who takes a job as an executive assistant after two years of unsuccessfully pursuing her Broadway dreams. Markus said Chenoweth’s character will have “strong moral values and a sense of spirituality,” and may even have regular semi-comic conversations with God. Her boss, meanwhile, will be an ethically challenged “amalgam of several powerful men in New York at a younger age.”

“She has the wings of a bird, and he has the wings of a bat,” Markus said.

Markus scored an Emmy award for his work as an original member of the writing staff and showrunner (1985-90) of “The Cosby Show.” He wrote or co-wrote 67 segs of the classic laffer.

After “Cosby,” Markus co-created and co-exec produced the NBC sitcom “Lateline” and served as a writer and producer on HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show.”

In addition to her role in “Charlie Brown,” Chenoweth had a regular role on the American Movie Classics skein “Paramour” and made a guest appearance on “Lateline.” She also appeared in last night’s ABC telepic adaptation of “Annie.”

The Markus/Chenoweth commitment is one of several multi-episode comedy orders NBC has handed out recently as part of its effort to find a new generation of laffers.

Last week, the Peacock inked a deal with Carsey-Werner Prods. for 13 segs of a new family sitcom to be created by Bonnie and Terry Turner (“3rd Rock from the Sun”). Earlier this fall, the web committed to six segs of a midseason comedy which will star former “Seinfeld” sidekick Michael Richards and feature several former “Seinfeld” alum as writers and producers.

More TV

  • Outlander 406

    'Outlander' Recap: Jamie Encounters William Again in 'Blood of My Blood'

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Blood Of My Blood,” the sixth episode of “Outlander” Season 4. The action in “Blood of My Blood” picked up almost immediately after the previous week’s episode, as evidenced by the fact that Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) was still staying with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and [...]

  • The Flash -- "Elseworlds, Part 1"

    'Elseworlds, Part 1' Recap: Barry Allen and Oliver Queen Swap Skills, Visit Superman

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Elseworlds, Part 1,” the first part of the 2018 “Arrowverse” crossover, which aired Dec. 9. After past crossovers that introduced beloved characters’ doppelgangers, a wedding and death, “Elseworlds,” the fifth annual “Arrowverse” event, had a lot to which to live up. Unlike previous years, [...]

  • Stranger Things

    'Stranger Things' Season 3 Teaser Reveals Episode Titles, 2019 Release

    Netflix dropped a new teaser for the upcoming third season of “Stranger Things” Sunday, confirming that it will land on the streamer in 2019. The teaser also revealed the episode titles for the third season, which are as follows: “Suzie, Do You Copy?,” “The Mall Rats,” “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” “The Sauna Test,” [...]

  • Kyzza Terrazas Joins Garcia Bernal, Diego

    Kyzza Terrazas Joins Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna’s La Corriente del Golfo (EXCLUSIVE)

    BUENOS AIRES — Launching their new production house, La Corriente de Golfo, last April, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna have tapped Mexican writer-director Kyzza Terrazas as the company’s head of development. The appointment will certainly help build the company appointing an old-rounder capable of overseeing and implementing development, writing and directing, and a longtime [...]

  • Michael Che Defends Kevin Hart on

    Michael Che Ribs Academy Over Kevin Hart Controversy on 'SNL'

    Kevin Hart may have alienated some in Hollywood over his recently resurfaced homophobic tweets, but that didn’t stop “Weekend Update” co-host Michael Che from cracking some jokes in support of Hart on Dec. 8’s “Saturday Night Live.” After briefly recapping that Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars after the 2011 tweets came to light, [...]


    'The Umbrella Academy' Superheroes Series Premiere Date Set on Netflix

    The dysfunctional-family superheroes of “The Umbrella Academy” are landing on Netflix worldwide on Feb. 15, 2019. The live-action series is based on the “Umbrella Academy” comic books created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, published by Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix original series comprises 10 one-hour episodes. “The Umbrella Academy” stars [...]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Jason Momoa"

    Robert De Niro Appears as Robert Mueller in 'Saturday Night Live' Cold Open

    Robert De Niro made a surprise appearance as special counsel Robert Mueller in “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open. De Niro popped out of a closet in a sketch that skewered President Donald Trump and the mounting legal pressure Mueller’s investigation has put on many of Trump’s associates. Alex Moffatt played Eric Trump in a bedtime-story [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content