UPDATE, 8:30PM: Those rumours of further comedy series orders were right on the money. NBC just picked up comedy pilots Superstore and Crowded (formerly known as Untitled Suzanne Martin Comedy). Both have received 13 episode orders. It’s not immediately clear if there will be any more series pick ups at the peacock today, so stay tuned. Descriptions of the projects follow below.
Penned by The Office‘s Justin Spitzer, Superstore follows a group of employees at a big-box store and explores the examination of love, friendship and the beauty of everyday moments. The comedy is produced by Universal Television and stars America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nichole Bloom and Nico Santos. Justin Spitzer, David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer executive produce.
From Hot In Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s production company Hazy Mills, Crowded examines how things backfire for recent empty-nesters when their children and their parents move back home. The cast includes Patrick Warburton, Carrie Preston, Stacy Keach, Carlease Burke, Mia Serafino and Miranda Cosgrove. Universal Television serves as the studio on the project, which is executive produced by Marttin, Mills and Milliner.
PREVIOUS, 7:42PM: After picking up three new dramas last week (Chicago Med, Blindspot and Heartbreakers), NBC has turned their attention to their comedy slate. The network has picked up comedy pilot People Are Talking, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash), to series.
People Are Talking follows two diverse couples who are both neighbors and best friends. As they go through life side-by-side, they can’t help but analyze and obsess about everything. From topics like sex and race to the fact that the trusted new babysitter might just be a porn star, nothing is out of bounds for this wildly outspoken foursome.
The multi-camera comedy hails from Growing Up Fisher‘s DJ Nash, who created the series and penned the script. People Are Talking is produced by Universal Television and stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Meaghan Rath, Tone Bell and Bresha Webb. The executive producers are DJ Nash and Will Packer. Veteran How I Met Your Mother helmer Pam Fryman directed the pilot.
Although People Are Talking is the first comedy pilot to score a series order at NBC, it becomes the third new comedy to have landed a slot on the 2015-2016 schedule after the network previously handed out straight-to-series orders to a Coach revival and Eva Longoria’s Telenovela.
Comedy has been a particularly keen focus for NBC execs this development cycle, after they failed to launch a single successful half-hour this past season. Series orders for a number of the network’s other comedy projects are rumoured to be coming down later today, with the Suzanne Martin Comedy and Superstore considered the frontrunners.