Comedian Julian McCullough is set to create and star in a new pilot for NBC. According to Deadline, the show, currently titled Poor House, is inspired from McCullough’s childhood. Poor House revolves around a “free-spirited, anti-establishment, non-conformist dad who drifts across America and through life until he decides to let his teenaged son have a normal high school experience, settling in a wealthy, Norman Rockwell-esque utopia where they share the only rundown house in town with two other working class misfits.”
McCullough will be working with Ed Helms who will be producing it via his company Pacific Electric, while Raising Hope‘s Mike Pennie will serve as showrunner.
McCullough joins the growing list of comedians gearing up to potential be the next big sitcom star. With Jim Gaffigan going to TV Land, Mulaney debuting soon, and Jerrod Carmichael and Jermaine Fowler getting looks from NBC and ABC respectively, its starting to look like a trend is developing. Back in the 90’s, many shows were built around stand-ups (Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Tim Allen). Maybe whatever you want to call this decade will see the return of the comedian-helmed-sitcom-powerhouse. We’d have to come up with a better name for it if it does.