Gary David Goldberg, whose signature sitcom “Family Ties” helped NBC dominate Thursday nights during the 1980s, is returning to the Peacock fold.
NBC has greenlighted a DreamWorks comedy pilot from Goldberg and scribe Chris Henchy based loosely on “Sugar Hill,” the “Barney Miller”-esque half-hour pilot starring Charlie Sheen that Goldberg and Henchy shot for ABC last spring. Alphabet execs ultimately passed on the project.
The new take on “Sugar” won’t feature Sheen and is expected to be substantially different from the original pilot. The show will still take place in an urban cop precinct.
Filming on the pilot is skedded for next month, with casting expected to be firmed up in the next few weeks. Assuming the pilot gets picked up, NBC is aiming to have the show on the air by spring.
Goldberg’s most recent sitcom hit is ABC’s “Spin City,” which starts its fourth season next week.
Henchy’s credits include stints on the WB laffers “The Army Show” and “Alright Already,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”
UTA reps Goldberg and Henchy.