Ron Howard-Backed Sarah Silverman Comedy Nabbed By NBC
Bob Greenblatt is making his first big moves as a key business player at NBC, and as it turns out, he’s a real contender. He picked up Sean Hayes and Peter Tolan for a comedy project, and now he has managed to outbid every other major network for a second comedy project. This one even comes backed by Ron Howard.
On Wednesday, word on the street was that Howard had been present at each of the network meetings, pitching the new comedy that was created by Sarah Silverman and will be based somewhat on her real life. The pitch ultimately got picked up by NBC and could bring a solid block of female-based comedy to primetime, if NBC chooses to air Silverman’s new show alongside Chelsea Lately funny-girl Whitney Cummings’ new pilot and the Chelsea Handler-based program Are You There, Vodka?
With the pick-up, more details about Silverman’s new show have been released. According to Deadline, the single-camera comedy will star Silverman as a woman who is coming out of a serious, 10-year relationship and is figuring out the single life. Silverman will also be continuing the writing friendship she began on The Sarah Silverman Program with writers Dan Sterling and Jon Schroeder. One thing is for certain: they’ll have to PG-13 down the regular Sarah Silverman role.
Whether or not Silverman’s new program becomes a primetime hit, it is still good news for NBC. I’m certain nothing could be worse than last season’s Outsourced.
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