Peacock orders laffer from Touchstone trio

Doyle, Berry, Swartzlander are 'among the funniest writers out there,' Ancier sez

NBC has given a firm series commitment to ABC Entertainment Group’s Touchstone Television for a midseason comedy from former “Ellen” producers Tim Doyle, Matt Berry and Ric Swartzlander.

Deal, which had been anticipated (Daily Variety, July 28), is Touchstone’s first since being folded into Walt Disney Co.’s ABC television unit.

Peacock said the order was for a midseason pilot with a series commitment, but did not specify how many segs were ordered. Industry insiders said the deal is for a pilot and five episodes.

There’s no word yet on what the laffer will be about, and no talent is attached.

Doyle, Berry and Swartzlander have an overall production deal with Touchstone through the trio’s company, Reliable TV Service. The three writers worked together during the 1996-97 season of ABC’s “Grace Under Fire.” Prior to that they teamed on the Alphabet web’s “Ellen.”

NBC Entertainment prexy Garth Ancier said Doyle, Berry and Swartzlander are “among the funniest writers out there.” Deal was announced by Ancier and ABC Entertainment Group co-chairmen Stu Bloomberg and Lloyd Braun.