NBC Buys Project From Jon Favreau And Another From Animal Practice Writer Jamie Rhonheimer
September’s a big month for network TV. This month NBC is airing new shows, like Go On and Revolution, but the network is also busy listening to pitches and bidding on new projects for the 2013-2014 season. Today, NBC has bought two comedy projects, the first from Jon Favreau and a couple of The Office co-executive producers, and a second from How I Met Your Mother writer Jamie Rhonheimer.
Favreau will take on the role of an executive producer on his currently untitled project, which will follow a dad after a divorce who must learn to take care of his daughter as a single parent and still figure out how to move on and date. The project sounds like it could be a little dramatic, but Deadline is reporting it is set up as a single-camera comedy. Alongside Favreau, The Office’s Warren Lieberstein and Halsted Sullivan will executive produce.
Rhonheimer’s project is more of a family comedy with a baby focus. The How I Met Your Mother and Animal Practice writer has conceived a project about a married couple who are having a bit of trouble procreating. It’s based on Nick Hornby’s short story, “Faith” and also features a strange, roof-dwelling football fan who encourages the couple to keep trying to have a kid. If picked up to pilot, this comedy would be of the multi-camera variety.
Both projects are being produced through Universal TV and the people involved have plenty of former connections with NBC. Rhonheimer’s currently working on Animal Practice, The Office guys have been at NBC forever, and even the seeming odd man out, Favreau, recently directed the pilot for NBC’s new science fiction drama Revolution. We’ll keep you posted if either of these projects move forward at the peacock network.
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