I love pilot season, and for a few reasons…
First, we get to talk about all the new comedy that could make it to the air this upcoming fall season. Secondly, we get to take guesses as to what will make it. Thirdly we can wonder out loud what the heck networks were thinking when some of these plots were pitched. Crazy plot ideas, like a sitcom based on the Geico Cavemen. Remember when someone actually greenlit that thing? We barely do either.
Here’s the latest.
- FOX is making sure they’re still in the Seth MacFarlane game by offering him up a six-episode straight to series live action sitcom called Dads. I’ll be this one has a talking doll a la Ted. Dads is a multi-camera sitcom focusing on two guys in their 30s who have their lives turned upside down when their fathers move in with them.
- FOX also greenlit a Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs) pilot for I Suck At Girls which is the adaption of the Justin Halpern (Shit My Dad Says) book. It’s described as a story about a boy becoming a man, and a man becoming a father in a time before coming of age was something you could look up on Google.
- NBC greenlit the pilot Holding Patterns written and produced by The Office’s Justin Spitzer which is a multi-camera show about a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash. This doesn’t sound like a great base for a sitcom.
- Andrew Gurland’s and Justin Hurtitz (The League) got a pilot order for House Rules which revolves around a family of “Larry Davids” that has contempt for all things normal. They try their best to fit into their small Midwest town where everyone knows each other and politeness reigns.
- Friends producers are writing a sitcom pilot called To My Assistant, a single-camera sitcom revolving around assistants in a NY law firm.
- NBC put into play Girlfriend in a Coma is about a 34 year old woman who wakes up from a coma to find she has a 17 year old daughter from a pregnancy she was unaware of right as she went into the coma.
- Jane Tranter is producing a sitcom Friends & Family for FOX. It’s based on the BBC series Gavin & Stacey about two couples trying to make long distance relationships work.
- CBS just purchased Brian Gallivan’s (Happy Endings, Second City) new pilot, The McCarthys, a single-camera family comedy based on his life as the gay song of a sports-loving Irish Catholic family in Boston.
- CBS also purchase to new sitcoms from Greg Garcia (Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl) one called Super Clyde fast food worker who becomes a super hero. With the second untitled sitcom about a newly divorced guy whose parents move in with him.
- DJ Nash (Up All Night) has an untitled sitcom pilot which is about a son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother’s newfound adolescence right after the couple divorces. It’s loosely based on Nash’s life.
NBC has picked up nine total pilots so far this season. Which is a lot but it also means the network is looking hard to fill the gaps that will be there once a large chunk of its Thursday night comedy lineup (30 Rock, The Office) end their runs. It also means that with a lot of its struggling sitcoms like Community and Up All Night could be headed for the chopping block if they don’t pull in more ratings.