Duo to continue as showrunners, will create new projects
Former “Just Shoot Me” exec producers David Guarascio and Moses Port have a new reason to be “Happy.”
Scribe-exec producer team behind the NBC frosh laffer “Happy Family” have inked a new two-year, mid-seven-figure overall deal with NBC Studios. Deal, which kicks in this summer, has them continuing as showrunners of the John Larroquette/Christine Baranski starrer and has a component that allows them to create, develop and exec produce new projects for the studio.
NBC Studios chief Angela Bromstad, however, said keeping Guarascio and Port on board “Happy Family” was the main reason for the deal.
“From the minute I came to the studio, these guys have been flawless putting the show and staff together,” she told Daily Variety. “They’re funny, they’re smart, they’re cooperative, they’re strong. They’re everything you need in showrunners. I need more like them.”
NBC hasn’t yet ordered a second season of “Happy Family,” though the skein is a favorite of Peacock execs. Show has been doing a good job holding on to its “Frasier” lead-in Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. but faces tougher sledding now that the net has opted to move it back to 8:30 p.m. — smack dab against the juggernaut that is “American Idol.”
“This is one of those development deals where you hope not to develop,” said Guarascio. “This deal gave us the opportunity to stay with ‘Happy Family’ and take care of our baby, and that’s what we’re looking forward to doing.”
Port praised NBC Studios execs for being helpful in “nurturing the development of the show.”
“From the inception of ‘Happy Family,’ everyone’s been on the same page. The creative process has been wonderful,” he said.
Guarascio added that reupping at NBC Studios would benefit the mental health of the duo, who are repped by UTA and Jeanne Newman.
“We’ve been working with NBC our entire career, and we have a hard time making friends with new people,” he quipped. “This just seemed easier for us socially.”
Guarascio and Port signed their first overall deal with NBC Studios in 2001. They spent four years on “Just Shoot Me,” having started their careers on “Mad About You.”