NBC has been on a comedy tear lately. Whether it’s picking Nate Bargatze and The Office‘s Ellie Kemper up for development deals, having Ellen DeGeneres create a new sitcom with a gay lead character, or reanimating Last Comic Standing, the Peacock is definitely upping their comedy game. Now they can add another one to the list: they’ve given a pilot order to former Private Practice star Kate Walsh for a single camera sitcom called Bad Judge. Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, the idea of the show came from Anne Heche. It will focus on Walsh, who, according to Deadline, the show centers on “a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman who plays with the law, and who’s life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the Criminal Court system.”
Walsh starred in medical drama Private Practice for six seasons, but expressed interest in a comedy show as a follow up to the show, which ended in January of this year. She’d appeared in a handful of Funny or Die videos over the course of the site’s existence, showing off her comedy chops and creating a relationship with McKay and Ferrell.
It’s encouraging to see NBC doubling down on it’s comedy. With the demise of The Office and 30 Rock, it’s clear that they’re looking for something, anything, to pick up the slack. All it will take is one of these shows to be successful to show that their gambit is worth it, and hopefully a breakout hit would be a solid anchor to the rest of the night.