Created by DJ Nash, The Family Guide follows son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother’s newfound adolescence watches his family come closer together post-divorce. The comedy is produced by Universal Television & Aggregate Films and stars Parker Posey, JK Simmons, Harold Perrineau, Eli Baker and Ava Deluca-Verley. The pilot was directed by David Schwimmer, with Nash, Jason Bateman and Jim Garavente serving as executive producers.
PREVIOUS, 6:23 PM: After passing on 7 pilots yesterday (including The Gates), NBC has just started making series pick ups. Expect more to come throughout the afternoon alongside decisions on the network’s remaining bubble shows, but for now I’ve confirmed that NBC has picked up comedy pilots About A Boy & Sean Saves The World (Formerly Untitled Sean Hayes) and drama pilots Believe and Crisis (Formerly Untitled Rand Ravich) to series with 13 episode orders.
Based on the Nick Hornby book and the 2002 feature film, About A Boy is a single-camera comedy which is being penned by Parenthood‘s Jason Katims. The comedy follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child named Will (David Walton) and the young boy who moves in next door with his kooky single mother Fiona. Universal Television, True Jack Productions, Working Title Productions and Tribeca Productions are producing the comedy which stars David Walton, Minnie Driver, Anjelah N. Johnson, Benjamin Stockham and Al Madrigal. The pilot was directed by Jon Favreau, with Jason Katims, and Michelle Lee serving as executive producers.
Penned by Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Friedman, Believe follows a young girl with a gift and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power. The drama is produced by Warner Bros. Television & Bad Robot and stars Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo, Johnny Sequoyah, Sienna Guillory, Jamie Chung and Arian Moayed. The executive producers are Cuaron, Friedman, JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk.
Crisis (formerly known as Untitled Rand Ravich) was written by Ravich and follows a US Secret Service agent who finds himself embroiled in an international crisis on his first day on the job. He will need to cross moral and legal lines as he navigates the highest levels of power and corruption on his search for the truth. The drama is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Lance Gross, Dermon Mulroney, Gillian Anderson, Max Martini, Max Schneider, Halston Sage, Rachael Taylor, Stevie Lynn Jones, Michael Beach, James Lafferty and Joshua Erenberg. Ravich and Far Shariat serve as executive producers.
Penned by Victor Fresco, Sean Saves The World follows Sean, who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter, who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss at work. The series is produced by Universal Television & Hazy Mills and stars Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, Linda Lavin, Echo Kellum, Samantha Isler, Lindsay Sloane and Vik Sahay. The pilot was directed by comedy veteran Jim Burrows, with Sean Hayes, Victor Fresco and Todd Milliner serving as executive producers.