NBC is ordering a slew of new comedy pilots from writers behind 30 Rock and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The older of these shows, 30 Rock ran on NBC from 2006 to 2013 and centered around writers and producers (and production executives) at NBC itself, which has its studios in the Comcast Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan. It had a strong cast mostly centered around Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon and Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy as head writer and network executive respectively, as they try to manage the chaotic talent of Tracy Jordan (played by Tracy Morgan).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, meanwhile, ran from 2013 to 2018 on Fox and was then cancelled and picked up by NBC who spotted the fan outcry as a sure bet that the show was worth saving. It centers around the 99th police precinct in Brooklyn as they try to do their jobs as police while getting up to hijinks, Another strong cast is on deck, this time led by Andy Samberg who plays Jake Peralta, a detective, and his sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews).
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Today’s news, however, concerns writers. Variety reports that NBC has signed off on three new comedy pilots from some industry and network veterans. The first of these is called Crazy For You and is going to be a single camera comedy about a single woman named Daisy who tries to get back into dating and realizes that “the game” changed on her. Daisy needs to call upon her friends for support as she tries to make it through “today’s quick-to-dismiss dating culture.” Crazy For You will have Rachele Lynn on to write and co-executive produce. Lynn has written on Silicon Valley and produced for Saturday Night Live.
The next show is Someone Out There which will be written and executive produced by Matt Hubbard, Josh Siegal, and Dylan Morgan who all wrote for 30 Rock. This one follows the format of Pequenas Coincidencias created by Spanish actor Javier Veiga, who is also executive producing this project (which is also a single-camera show).
The last show is untitled so far, but has Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer Phil Jackson on to write and executive produce, and also has Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor on as executive producer. There’s not much indication about details but according to NBC this project “is described as an ensemble comedy about black friends, their dating lives and wine.”
These are all promising sounding pilots, but are only the latest in a string of new projects NBC has been setting up for, including a Saved by the Bell sequel, a show about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s childhood, and something involving Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane who went with NBC over Fox in a bit of a twist. Not every pilot gets made, and not every finished pilot gets aired, and not every aired pilot becomes a show, sso the large number of new projects will not turn into an equal number of shows, but the comedy talent NBC is collecting suggests the network is trying to develop a strong line-up for their upcoming streaming service, Peacock.
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