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Will Ferrell And The Office's Greg Daniels Developing Comedy Pilots For NBC
It looks like NBC is piling up the comedy pilots, and they're doing it with some big names attached. With The Office and 30 Rock on the way out, the peacock should have a few openings for some funny new shows. Among the people set to develop pilots at the network are The Office's Greg Daniels, and Will Ferrell through his production company.
EW shared news of the three comedy pilots that received the green light from NBC today. First up is a single-camera comedy from The Office developer/writer Greg Daniels. It has yet to be titled but focuses on "the trials and tribulations of dating in your twenties as explored through a group of friends." That extremely vague premise is clarified a little bit more with the mention of a character named Matthew whose friends are trying to get him "back on the dating horse." Again, it's not really a lot to go on, given how many comedies we've seen about single twenties looking for love. But Daniels' involvement certainly adds to the intrigue, especially with The Office on the way out. Joining him in executive producing are Robert Padnick, Tracy Katsky and Howard Klein.
Next up is Assistance, the mentioned pilot from Will Ferrell's production company, which comes from Gary Sanchez and is written by Leslye Headland. Also a single-camera comedy, the project follows an "idealistic working girl assistant who is pulled between her colleague - aka work husband - and her real life fiancÚ while trying to manage a demanding (translation: crazy) boss." This one sounds a little more interesting, as least in terms of the more original sounding premise. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke are set to executive produce. And Leslye Headland wrote for Terriers, which piques my interest further.
And last on the list is Donor Party, which comes from Alex Schemmer and Geyer Kosinski and follows a guy who learns he has kids from back during his sperm donor days. "A new family unit develops when a single mom contacts him and he begins to have a relationship with her and the son he never knew he had." Another interesting concept, which could be made especially more interesting by a great leading male. We'll have to wait and see what kind of casting news is announced for these.
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