NBC has greenlit production on a comedy pilot from comedy scribes Steve Koren (“Seinfeld,” “Saturday Night Live”) and David Zucker (“Airplane!” “Naked Gun.”)
Tentatively-titled “H.U.D.,” the NBC Studios project revolves around an Inspector Clouseau-like detective based at the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, which, it turns out, is actually a supersecret spy agency.
Koren and Zucker, who have overall deals at NBC Studios, wrote the pilot script and will serve as exec producers of the skein with Zucker/Netter Prods. partner Gil Netter.
In an interview with Daily Variety, Zucker said “H.U.D.” would have a bit of the wacky feel of his last skein, the short-lived but well-regarded “Police Squad!”
“There’ll be that zany slapstick element to it,” he said. “But there’ll be a comedian at the center of it,” as opposed to a dramatic actor such as “Squad!” star Leslie Nielsen.
As for why the show is set inside HUD, Zucker explained that “with the overexposure of all the other agencies like the FBI and the CIA, that’s the only real secret agency out there. Nobody suspects it.”
Netter said “H.U.D” will provide “an opportunity to do a half-hour with physical comedy. That’s not on the air right now.”
Admitting “H.U.D.” is just a working title, Zucker said he wouldn’t be surprised if the project gets a new name at some point. “They’ll probably call it ‘A Bowtie for Millie,’ ” he quipped.
In addition to serving as a writer and co-producer of “Seinfeld” during the show’s final two seasons, Koren was a writer-producer on “SNL” from 1992-96. He also wrote and produced this fall’s “SNL” spinoff pic “Superstar” and co-wrote and produced another “SNL”-related pic, last spring’s “A Night at the Roxbury.”
Zucker’s first major feature was 1977’s “Kentucky Fried Movie,” which he wrote and appeared in. Other writing credits include “Airplane!” and the three “Naked Gun” pics. Films directed by Zucker include “Ruthless People” and “BASEketball.”
Koren and Zucker are repped by CAA.