I hear NBC is keeping comedy pilot Assistance in contention with an order for three more scripts. Additionally, I hear producing studio Universal TV has extended the options on several cast members, including star …
Comedy writer-producers Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener have closed an overall deal at Universal Television. Under the two-year pact, the duo is joining the studio’s NBC comedy pilot Assistance as executive producers. They also will develop new projects. “We’ve been longtime fans of Bycel and Fener and are happy to have them as part of the Universal TV family,” said Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria,. “They are both strong showrunners and developers, individually, as well as a team.” UTA-repped Bycel and Fener most recently worked on ABC’s Happy Endings, Bycel as executive producer and Fener as co-executive producers. The two also worked together as co-executive producers on Fox’s American Dad.
Peter Cambor has been cast opposite Krysten Ritter in NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Assistance, from Gary Sanchez Prods. and Universal TV. Written by Leslye Headland based on her play, Assistance centers on Nora (Ritter), an idealistic “working girl” assistant who is pulled between her colleague (“work husband”) and her real-life fiance (Cambor) while trying to manage a demanding boss. Cambor, repped by Paradigm, Brillstein Entertainment and Tom Hoberman, plays Jeremy, Nora’s longtime boyfriend, a recent medical school graduate. He has recurred on CBS’ NCIS: LA and recently co-starred on TBS’ The Wedding Band.
Joe Egender and Melissa Tang have landed leads in Fox‘s single-camera comedy pilot To My Future Assistant. Written by Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Kreamer, Assistant revolves around the assistants at a big New York law firm who band together
Krysten Ritter is eying a quick return to primetime. The star of ABC’s recently cancelled Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 has been tapped as the lead of NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Assistance, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods and Universal TV. Ritter also will serve as a producer on the project, written by Leslye Headland. Additionally, I’ve learned that Ritter, who was hotly pursued for comedy pilots the moment she became available last month, has signed a first-look deal with Universal TV.