UPDATE: Dan Harmon Reacts To His Dismissal As ‘Community’ Showrunner
PREVIOUS: Comedy veterans David Guarascio and Moses Port have joined cult comedy series Community as executive producers-showrunners. Creator-executive producer Dan Harmon, who has run the underrated single-camera NBC series for its first three seasons, will be a consulting producer. Community, a modestly-rated series with a big online following and rabid fan base, landed a 13-episode renewal for next season when it will relocate from Thursday to Friday night.
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Asked earlier this week whether Harmon will return as showrunner next season, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said, “I expect his voice to be part of it.” Greenblatt dismissed the notion that the discussion about Harmon possibly stepping down from day-to-day oversight of the show stems from his ongoing feud with co-star Chevy Chase, saying that there are larger factors beyond that. “Dan’s the creator of the show, so to lose his voice would be pretty crazy,” Community star Joel McHale told TVLine on Monday. “I pray that it works out well.”
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The switch at the top is the final piece of a larger behind-the-scenes overhaul on Community, with executive producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan leaving for an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV and … Read More »
Mindy Kaling is moving to another office. Fox has given the green light to two medical pilots, a comedy from Office co-executive producer/co-star Kaling and a drama from the Drop Dead Diva duo of creator Josh Berman and producer Rob Wright. Additionally, the network has picked up to pilot the half-hour El Jefe from comedy veterans Moses Port and David Guarascio (Aliens In America).
Kaling wrote the single-camera comedy, in which she stars as a young Bridget Jones-type Ob/Gyn doctor balancing personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office. The project, which she executive produces with Howard Klein, has a personal element — Kaling herself is the daughter of an ob/gyn mother and an architect father. If the project goes to series, Kaling won’t be able to return to The Office next season. Like most core cast members, her contract is up at the end of this season. Universal TV is producing the pilot, originally developed for NBC. When the peacock network passed on the script, the studio took it to Fox, which immediately jumped on it. This marks the second outside pilot order for Universal TV this season, following CBS’ pickup over the weekend of a Spike Feresten/Louis CK comedy. This is also the studio’s consecutive medical pilot at Fox. Last year, Universal TV’s predecessor UMS was behind drama Weekends At Bellevue.
Michael Dinner has come on board to direct the Josh Berman/Rob Wright medical drama pilot, … Read More »
Pitch season is shifting into higher gear, and Fox has bought 3 more projects with significant commitments.
The hourlong alien-themed cop show Stranger Planet, from Chuck executive producer Matthew Miller, has received a put pilot commitment. Just like Chuck, it is an action drama with comedic elements. Produced by Warner Bros. TV, Stranger Planet centers on a hard-boiled L.A. cop who stumbles upon the existence of aliens living among us and must team up with two aliens in order to solve intergalactic mysteries on Earth. Miller is the writer-executive producer.
Another cop show, a drama from writer/executive producer Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball), Imagine TV and 20th TV, has received a script commitment plus penalty. It is described as a dual-female lead cop show set in one of the toughest neighborhoods of Los Angeles. And word is the cops are also the subjects of a reality show.
On the comedy side, Fox has handed out a script commitment with penalty to El Jefe (aka The Boss), from comedy veterans Moses Port and David Guarascio (Aliens In America) and Sony Pictures TV. It is about an upper-middle class 30-year-old guy who finally gets booted out of his dad and step-mom’s house and moves in with his cleaning … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Dewey (Roommates) has landed the younger lead opposite Gary Cole in Fox’s comedy pilot Tagged. The hybrid comedy, from Sony TV, Reveille and writers David Guarascio and Moses Port, is a workplace ensemble set at the Los Angeles County’s coroner’s office that is loosely based on the life of Shiya Robowsky. It centers on Wally Percy (Dewey) who, just fresh out of medical school, scraps plans to work at an UCLA hospital to join his father, respected coroner James Percy (Cole), and his team at the coroner’s office. Dewey also co-created the Fox comedy Sons of Tucson.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Gary Cole is set to star in Fox’s comedy pilot Tagged. The hybrid comedy, from Sony TV, Reveille and writers-executive producers David Guarascio and Moses Port, is a workplace ensemble set at the Los Angeles County’s coroner’s office that is loosely based on the life of Shiya Robowsky and centers on respected coroner James Percy (Cole) and his son, Wally, who joins him fresh out of medical school. Cole’s recent series gigs include recurring roles on HBO’s Entourage as a TV lit agent with a lot of baggage and on CBS’ The Good Wife as a right-wing ballistics expert. He is with ICM and manager Barbara Gale.