NBC Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Strange Calls’ From ‘Cougar Town’s Blake McCormick & Aaron Kaplan

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After bulking up on dramas over the past few days, NBC has added a comedy pilot to their development slate.

The network has handed out a pilot order to Strange Calls, a half-hour supernatural comedy from Cougar Town scribe Blake McCormick, Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and 20th Century Fox Television, TVWise has learned.

Based on an Australian format, Strange Calls follows an affable but down-on-his-luck young police officer. After he is transferred to a small rural town he, with the help of a peculiar, elderly night watchman, starts to realize that the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly.

The single camera comedy pilot is being penned by Blake McCormick, who serves as an executive producer alongside Aaron Kaplan and Tracey Robertson. Kapital Entertainment, Hoodlum Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television are producing.

Strange Calls continues a growing trend this season of pilots that didn’t make the cut from previous development cycles getting a second chance. This is the third attempt to adapt Stange Calls for the US market, after the two previous attempts, made at ABC, ultimately didn’t go anywhere.