With two months to go before the upfronts, NBC has already picked up their first pilot to series.
The network has handed out a six episode order to an as-yet untitled multi-camera comedy inspired by the life of comedian Jerrod Carmichael, which was the first project to score a pilot order at NBC this past development season, TVWise has learned.
Formerly known as Go Jerrod Go, the comedy is described as being “semi-autobiographical” and explores Jerrod Carmichael’s real life relationships with his contrarian father, therapist-in training girlfriend, ever-hustling brother and religious mother .
The multi-camera comedy is being produced by NBC’s sister studio Universal Television and stars Jerrod Carmichael, Loretta Devine (Boston Public), David Alan Grier (Bad Teacher), Amber West (Criminal Minds) and Lil Rey Howery (Lucas Bros Moving Co).
In announcing the series order, NBC’s President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke said: “We’re excited to be going forward to series with Jerrod. We can’t wait to see how he and his outstanding cast deliver the funny”.
It’s second time’s a charm for Jerrod Carmichael. NBC originally developed this comedy last season, when Carmichael shot a low budget pilot after the network ordered a presentation. Though NBC passed, they were keen to work with the comedian, leading to a pilot order in November 2014.
The second pilot was written by Jerrod Carmichael and Nick Stoller, both of whom also serve as executive producers alongside Ravi Nandan. Mark Cendrowski directed the pilot.