‘Fired Up’ scribes stoke interest at NBC, D’Works

Sorkin, Slansky pact pegged at low-six figures

Scribes Arleen Sorkin and Paul Slansky have snagged a pair of blind script commitments from NBC Studios and DreamWorks Television.

Duo, who wrote the 1998 Kelsey Grammer-produced laffer “Fired Up,” will develop one comedy for NBC Studios and another for the Peacock-based DreamWorks. Pact’s value is pegged at low six figures.

NBC Studios exec VP Angela Bromstad said both she and DreamWorks TV toppers Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank had been actively pursuing Sorkin and Slansky. Since DreamWorks is based at NBC, it made sense to team up for a deal.

“They were chasing them the same time we were chasing them, and other networks were also interested,” Bromstad said. “We felt the odds were better if we developed a couple of opportunities. We’re increasing the chances we’ll get something on the air.”

Bromstad said Sorkin and Slansky first caught her eye with “Neurotic Tendencies,” a Peacock pilot project from a few years ago.

“It just always stuck out in my mind; it stood out somehow,” she said. “They were one of the first teams I met with (when Bromstad was upped to exec VP of the studio). They have the perfect sensibilities for NBC.”

WMA-repped scribes most recently wrote the pilot for “Celebrity,” a comedy being developed by Carsey-Werner-Mandabach for HBO with exec producers Steve Martin and Joan Stein. They also penned the Jennifer Aniston feature “Picture Perfect,” along with a pair of pilots for the WB.

In addition, Slansky’s an author (“The Clothes Have No Emperor”), while Sorkin is a veteran thesp (“Days of Our Lives”).