Jermaine Fowler Gets Another Pilot Order for His “Superior Donuts” from CBS
Well before Jerrod got his 3rd season renewal earlier this month, he went through several rounds of pilots and pilot presentations of his show over a few years before NBC brass decided to give The Carmichael Show a green light.
In a similar way, the only potentially new diverse multi-cam sitcom at CBS, Superior Donuts, is getting reworked as CBS execs really dig Jermaine Fowler.
Based off the initial heat they’ve been taking from their very white, very anti-millennial, new fall comedy line-up of Kevin Can Wait, The Great Indoors, and Man With a Plan, CBS probably shouldn’t wait around in going forward with Fowler and Superior Donuts.
Patton Oswalt to Star in Comedy Pilot from Laura Steinel Opposite Judy Greer
This is dream casting as far as we’re concerned.
In this comedy pilot from Laura Steinel, Judy Greer will play the head of HR at a New Jersey based plastics molding plant (presumably something along the lines of what you might have seen in the movie Joy, but more above board) and have to deal with an idealistic new company head in Patton Oswalt.
This may sound a bit like The Office or Parks and Recreation, but set in a plastics. We’re totally fine with that, especially because Oswalt and Greer are starring.
TruTV Orders Pilots from Tom Segura and Melissa Hunter
TruTV, keep doing what you’re doing.
In addition to the early renewal of Those Who Can’t yesterday, TruTV is continuing to bulk up their brand with the additions of a pilot deal and script from Tom Segura and Melissa Hunter, respectively. Segura is a great stand-up and you probably know Hunter better as Adult Wednesday Addams.
TruTV has Tom developing a medical comedy and Melissa working on a project centered on a “amateur vigilante squad”. There aren’t details beyond that, but we’ll be watching these and the rest of what TruTV has cooking because, from where we’re standing, it smells pretty good so far.
ABC Developing a Single Camera Comedy Pilot Written Jen Kirkman and Dan Bucatinsky
Jen Kirkman co-writing an “…untitled comedy revolves around four women friends rattled by a fortysomething feeling of irrelevance who embark on a mission to turn their invisibility into invincibility.” is all good by us.
ABC’s comedy development slate for this pilot season just got a whole lot more interesting with the addition of this project following women like Kirkman making their way through the world on their terms despite all the societal forces working against them. Familiarize yourself with Jen’s stand-up, books, and podcast if you’re not already familiar.
It has a put pilot commitment, so let’s cross our fingers even more that it tips the scales of being picked up to series.
NBC Orders Pilot of a DC Comics Universe Workplace Comedy “Powerless”
NBC isn’t kidding around with comedy this pilot season.
Powerless is the latest comedy pilot ordered by NBC from Ben Queen that will follow the lives of the insurance company employees set in the DC Comics universe. Undoubtedly, an insurance company would fittingly have an ungodly workload in a world full of superheroes and supervillains.
Being referenced as The Office with a DC Comics backdrop, would their be an actually sinister Dwight?
Looks Like Jenny Slate Might Be Starring in Her Own Comedy Pilot at FX
It seems to be the word on the pilot season street is that Jenny Slate will be scaling back her role on FX’s Married for a FX comedy pilot starring her and being written by Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm. All three last worked together on the indie romantic comedy hit Obvious Child.
As TBS and TruTV have stepped up their game in their recent development slates, respectively, with Samantha Bee’s satirical news show and Those Who Can’t, we certainly hope that this pilot becomes official soon.
Danny Pudi to Star in “Strange Calls” Pilot on NBC
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
While Parks and Recreation and The Office are over, Community and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt finding their way online, and Must See TV dropped, NBC is at a big crossroads as to where there comedy will be headed.
More and more this pilot season, NBC seems like they would like to keep some of their stars around from their last era of sitcoms. Community’s Danny Pudi has now been set to star in the pilot for Strange Calls, adapted from a high concept Australian horror sitcom, as the lead. He’d play a well-meaning police officer that has to deal with secretly supernatural town in the sticks. So, we guess it’d be like Eureka, but more supernatural and with Pudi.
Already, NBC has Adam Scott who just finished up with Parks and Recreation developing a dispensary comedy with Joe Mande, leaving us to wonder what’s to come for comedy series at the peacock.
truTV Orders Pilot of Adam Conover’s Web Series “Adam Ruins Everything”
Their latest addition to their development slate is a pilot order of the very funny Adam Conover sharp web series Adam Ruins Everything over at College Humor. Following things like circumcision, we can only imagine what Adam will “ruin” with a full TV slot and budget.
ABC Orders Pilot of “Dr. Ken” From Ken Jeong, Mike O’Connell, and Jared Stern
As far as the multi-cam sitcom pilots that have been ordered this pilot season, Dr. Ken ordered by ABC might be one of the most intriguing ones.
While the premise of a doctor trying to balance work and family seems like pretty safe territory for a sitcom, the team of Ken Jeong, Mike O’Connell, Jared Stern, and Mike Sikowitz might be cooking up something that’s more high concept and out there than you might initially think.
Jeong was a practicing doctor before he got into stand-up and went by a moniker that serves the title of this show, Dr. Ken. Together O’Connell and Jeong made this music video for What’s It Gonna Be before Ken made a name for himself in The Hangover franchise and Community. Also, O’Connell is one hell of a comedian himself as you can see in him performing his song “Little Asian Babies” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Of course, we don’t know what exactly is being written and shot behind close stage doors here, but we suspect that it won’t be your typical multi-cam.
Veronica Osorio Signs Talent Deal with Fox
Fox has nabbed up a great talent in Veronica Osorio for this upcoming pilot season. She is the Kate from the great quasi-DIY craft web series Kate’s Craft Corner and will now be in an upcoming Fox comedy pilot.
So, keep an eye out, just like we will be doing, for what show or shows Osorio will be cast in.
Jerrod Carmichael Gets 3rd Pilot Order at NBC with Nick Stoller Co-Writing
NBC has ordered two pilot presentations from Jerrod Carmichael over the last calendar year. Neither one of them went to series, but NBC has come close and is obvious still jazzed about Carmichael since they have just put in an order for a 3rd pilot from him.
This time around, Neighbors director Nick Stoller will team up with Jerrod again and they’ll write the pilot together.
Hopefully, third time is the charm, comedy comes 3, or whatever other triplet-based-affirmation you know will come into play here.
Jason Jones and Samantha Bee’s “Vacation Time” Gets Pilot Order From TBS
The Daily Show continues to be a great tree that TV, film, etc. can pick from. John Oliver is killing it at on his own program, Last Week Tonight, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater is on the horizon as is Aasif Mandvi’s book No Land’s Man.
Now, added to that mix, are current Daily Show correspondents Jason Jones and Samantha Bee and their family vacation comedy “Vacation Time” that just got a pilot order from TBS.
Jones is set to star and we’re completely on board for a National Lampoon’s Vacation-esque series from Jones and Bee.
Neil Patrick Harris to Host NBC Variety Show
NBC might be just getting a shot in the arm in the department of live variety shows as they have just ordered 10 episodes of a Neil Patrick Harris hosted variety show.
The show stopper of a host can really do it all, sing, dance, act, do comedy, which will all be on display when he hosts The Oscars next year.
We’ll be curious to what time slot it gets, specifically in relation to that other live variety show on NBC, Saturday Night Live.
High Concept Comedies Are in Style Ahead of This Pilot Season
There are indeed plenty of semi-autobiographical comedies in development, especially with the success of freshman series Cristela at ABC.
However, at the other end of the TV comedy development spectrum, at this time, is a bunch of high concept comedies that steer clear of the fish-out-of-water in a small (or big pond) dynamic. Conspiracy theories, witches, and, highest concept of all, Vine stars, and more are all subjects for comedy projects that are being worked for TV across several networks.
Specifically, TBS has ordered a sort of Lost parody from Justin and Jordan Shipley, DirecTV has ordered a parody reminiscent of Downton Abbey that will star Peter Serafinowicz and Will Sasso from College Humor’s Big Breakfast, Elizabeth Banks is set to produce and direct a workplace conspiracy theory comedy from Caroline Williams at ABC, 30 Rock’s Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan are writing a witch comedy at NBC, Nick Frost is set to star in a comedy as an ex-jewel thief that’s having trouble getting out of the jewel thief business also at ABC, and Rainn Wilson is developing a series following stars (minus Curtis Lepore due to Internet outrage at his rape charge that he plead down to an assault charge) on the six second movie platform Vine trying to make it in the traditional half hour format.
There’s no telling where these will end up, if anywhere at all, but it’s a good sign to see more comedy series in the works that aren’t how two people met and fell in love or how an abnormally configured family figures out how to be a family.