NBC’s “Happy Family” is getting a little bit larger, with Pam Fryman (“Just Shoot Me”) coming on board as helmer and exec producer.
Fryman, who directed the pilot episode of the NBC Studios-produced laffer, will now serve as exec producer of the series. She’ll also serve as inhouse director, helming all episodes of the multicamera half-hour.
Deal continues Fryman’s long association with the Peacock. In addition to serving as director for 94 episodes of “Just Shoot Me,” helmer’s NBC credits include directing multiple episodes of “Frasier,” “Friends” and “Three Sisters.”
“I don’t know how I value Pam more — as a director or as a friend,” said NBC Studios prexy Ted Harbert, who is leaving the network later this month. “I would hire Pam Fryman to direct my next haircut, which, if you know me, you know is very serious business.”
Harbert said it’s not tough “to tell a show that’s been directed by Pam” and that having Fryman on board will allow “Happy Family” exec producers David Guarascio and Moses Port to “focus on the writing because everything else will be taken care of.”
“She also just adds a great sense of calm to a show,” Harbert said. “She knows what she’s doing.”
Fryman, who’s repped by Ted Chervin of BWCS, said she was glad to be coming aboard “Happy Family,” in part because many of the behind-the-camera crew are vets of “Just Shoot Me,” including Guarascio and Port.
“I just loved the show from the minute I read it,” she said. “I totally got it, and it made me laugh.”
Fryman has also worked with “Happy Family” star Christine Baranski, having directing the thesp in the original pilot for the CBS comedy “Welcome to New York” as well as “Cybill.”