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NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Fifth Wheel’ Pushed

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 9:35pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC_logoI’ve learned that NBC’s comedy pilot Fifth Wheel is not going forward, at least for now, after difficulties with casting. With the number of original scripted series on cable and digital platforms exploding, there were major concerns going into this broadcasting season that the depleted talent pool would put extra strain on casting, leading to a number of pilots folding over problems finding the right actors. So far, those concerns have not materialized, with Fifth Wheel the first pilot this season to be pushed. There will not be a noticeable void left as NBC already had ordered the most comedy pilots, 14, as well as two series, Tooken and Mr. Robinson, for next season. Fifth Wheel, from ABC Studios and  the Mark Gordon Co., was written on spec by Heidi Niedermeyer & Elena Crevello. It an ensemble comedy of a tight-knit group of friends that centers around a young woman who confronts her new reality after her last single friend gets engaged. Gordon and Andrea Shay executive produce, with Niedermeyer and Crevello as supervising producers.

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NBC Gives Pilot Orders To Multi-Camera Comedies ‘Money Pit’ & ‘Fifth Wheel’

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 6:13pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

MV5BMTIzODEzODE2OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjQ3ODcyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR80214317___131005010937Before yesterday, NBC‘s slate included 10 single-camera pilots and straight-to-series and only one multi-camera pilot (Love Is Relative), plus a lower-budget multi-camera presentation (Jerrod Carmichael). But after a slow start, multi-cam comedies had a strong finish at the network, snagging three of the last four comedy pilot orders — one yesterday and two tonight. The newly picked-up comedy pilots  are The Money Pit and Fifth Wheel.

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The Money Pit is inspired by the 1986 feature starring Tom HNBC_logoanks and Shelley Long. Amblin Television, the TV division of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, which produced the movie with Universal Pictures, is producing with Universal Television. Former The Office writer-producer Justin Spitzer, who is under an overall deal at Uni TV, wrote the adaptation and executive produces with Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The movie, written by David Giler and directed by Richard Benjamin, starred Hanks and Long as a couple who are tricked into buying a distress-sale mansion that becomes the proverbial “money pit,” requiring an endless string of repairs. The NBC adaptation centers on a newlywed couple that navigates the challenges of modern romance while their house crumbles around them. This is Amblin TV’s third pilot pickup, joining Red Band Society at Fox, … Read More »

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