NBC has put in development Fifth Wheel, a comedy from ABC Studios and studio-based The Mark Gordon Co. The project was written on spec by Heidi Niedermeyer & Elena Crevello, best known for their viral video S**t People In L.A. Say (you can see it below). It a twentysomething ensemble show about a girl learning to deal with being the only single person in her group of friends. Gordon and Andrea Shay executive produce. Fifth Wheel joins six other sales for the Mark Gordon Co. this season — dramas with writers Aaron Stockard, Tom Donaghy, Dean Georgaris and Kathryn Price & Nichole Millard at ABC, and comedies at ABC and Fox.
How To Be A Gentleman creator/star David Hornsby is behind an untitled NBC comedy project from Universal TV and studio-based Gary Sanchez. Written by Hornsby, it takes a look at the world of NASA in the 1960s. Hornsby is executive producing with Gary Sanchez’s Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke. WME-repped Hornsby continues to recur on FX/FXX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
UPDATED: FX has found Archer a buddy. The cable network has given a 13-episode order to Unsupervised (working title), a new animated comedy series, created and executive produced by It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia‘s Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and … Read More »
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
It may have generated the single-biggest laugh of TCA to date this afternoon when David Hornsby, the creator, executive producer and star of the new CBS comedy How to Be a Gentleman, … Read More »
Here is the second-annual honor roll of the best and brightest at the broadcast upfront. First off, to all who got their pilots picked up to series — congratulations. You’re already winners. This is a list of those who took their upfront success to an extra level:
Whitney Cummings: The undisputed queen of Upfront 2011. She is behind two new comedy series that are among the highest-profile new half-hour entries next fall. She created, stars in and executive produces her eponymous comedy for NBC, which was assigned the network’s best comedy slot, following The Office. She also co-wrote on spec with Michael Patrick King the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, which broke records as CBS’ best-testing pilot (comedy or drama) ever. Both were the first comedy pilots to get a series order at their networks. Cummings, who also has a talk show in contention at E!, will serve as an executive producer on 2 Broke Girls but will be full-time on Whitney, which was in first position. I hope that doesn’t impact 2 Broke Girls, which King is expected to run/co-run, because the pilot indeed looks great. Honorable mention in the category of creators with multiple projects for Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen. One of their two ABC pilots, Work It, was picked up to series, while the other, Smothered, is very much in contention for midseason.
What a comeback for J.J. Abrams! After his high-profile NBC drama Undercovers went bust last fall, some questioned whether the networks will continue to bet on him. But bet they did this upfront, with both pilots he produced, CBS’ Person of Interest and Fox’s Alcatraz, going to series. Person of Interest instantly became one of the most anticipated new fall series when CBS made it its new Thursday 9 PM anchor. The network also said it was its best-testing drama pilot ever. And over at Fox, Alcatraz prevailed over several high-profile pilots to land one of only two drama series spots. Then, as icing on the cake, Abrams’ modestly rated but well-liked Fox sci-fi series Fringe got a renewal for next season, bringing the producer’s series for next season to three. Read More »
Former Friends executive producer Adam Chase has joined CBS’ comedy pilot How To Be A Gentleman, written by and starring It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s David Hornsby. Chase will serve as executive producer/co-showrunner on the pilot alongside Hornsby. If the pilot goes to series, for Chase it would be in … Read More »
Emily Rutherfurd is set to co-star in Tucker Cawley’s comedy pilot for CBS The Assistants, a young ensemble about four assistants who work for celebrity couple Mike and Ali. Rutherfurd will play Ali’s friendly, a bit manic and socially awkward … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Spec scripts continue to be red-hot this January. CBS just snatched one from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia writer/co-executive producer/recurring guest star David Hornsby, which has been greenlighted to pilot. Hornsby wrote the project, How To Be a Gentleman, and is attached to star. Loosely based on John Bridges’ book How To Be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy, the show is described as a buddy comedy about an uptight guy learning to live his life with the help of his old high school classmate. Hornsby will play one of the two leads in the project, whose format (multi- vs. single-camera) is yet to be determined. Read More »