NBC is staying in business with SNL and Parks & Recreation star Amy Poehler.
The network has handed out a pilot production commitment to The Baby, a half-hour scripted comedy starring Seann William Scott (American Pie) which hails from Poehler’s production company Paper Kite Productions, TVWise has learned.
“Amy is one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking voices in comedy and we’re very excited to work with her on The Baby and turn it into a great comedy for NBC”, said NBC’s President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke.
The Baby follows the youngest male in an organized crime family of all women. Though he’s tough at work, his mother and seven older sisters mercilessly push him around at home. Seann William Scott, best known for playing Stifler in the American Pie films, will play the lead role.
The half-hour comedy, which is one of the first projects NBC has put into development for 2016-2017 as they focus on reinvigorating their comedy line-up, is being penned by Ash Vs. Evil Dead scribe Craig DiGregorio and is based on an original idea by Amy Poehler and Seann William Scott. Universal Television, Paper Kit and 3 Arts are producing, with Poehler, Scott, Brooke Posch, Dave Becky and Nick Frenkel serving as executive producers.
The pilot order for The Baby comes out of a wider deal that NBCU has inked with Paper Kite. The production banner has inked a new deal with Universal Television, which keeps them housed at the studio, where they have been based since they launched. The multi-year deal covers both scripted and non-scripted projects. Paper Kite is best known for producing the Comedy Central series Broad City.
“Amy has been at the very top of our roster of producers at Universal Television for some time now and we’re so happy to renew and expand our relationship with her for our two studios”, said NBC’s Chairman of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt. “For many years she’s been part of the NBCU family, first with Saturday Night Live and then, of course, with the stellar Parks and Recreation, so it only seems fitting that she remain with the company. We look forward to a variety of projects from her for NBC and other networks as she extends her creative vision into more producing and directing.”