UPDATED: I have learned that NBC is considering a pilot order to a comedy project produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods and actress Anne Heche. I hear the pickup, which will likely be off-cycle, may be hinging on the single-camera comedy landing former Private Practice star Kate Walsh for the lead. Written by Chad Kultgen (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), Bad Judge is based on an idea brought to Gary Sanchez by Heche. It centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman — the role Walsh is being courted for — who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the Criminal Court system. Universal TV, where Gary Sanchez has a deal, is producing. Heche and Jill Messick executive produce alongside Ferrell and McKay.
Following the end of Private Practice in January after six seasons, Walsh has been pursued for pilots, mostly on the comedy side. She has a relationship with McKay and Ferrell having done several videos for their comedy site Funny Or Die. Bad Judge would mark Gary Sanchez’s second comedy pilot at NBC, joining hot prospect Assistance, which landed Krysten Ritter for the lead. Heche stars in NBC’s comedy series Save Me, which is yet to get a slot on the schedule. Wlash is with CAA and Evolution; Gary Sanchez with CAA and WME; … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: NBC has bought an untitled comedy project created by filmmaker Andrew Gurland (The Last Exorcism, The Virginity Hit) and Kevin Napier, who wrote the Ben Stiller-directed 2009 Fox pilot The Station. Universal TV and Will Ferrell and Adam Mckay’s studio-based Gary Sanchez Prods. are producing the untitled semi-autobiographical show, which is based on Gurland’s real life experience coming to terms with his ex-girlfrend marrying his childhood friend and the unique friendship the three of them developed. This is one of several projects Gary Sanchez Prods. has set up through the overall deal it signed with Universal TV this past summer. Gurland, repped by WME and Principato-Young, is now in pre-production on Gurland on Gurland, a first-person documentary comedy written, directed and starring him, which received a pilot order at Showtime.
NBC has signed a new major two-year overall deal with The Office executive producer Greg Daniels, co-creator/exec producer of another NBC comedy series, Parks and Recreation. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the pact, which will encompass scripted live-action and animated programming as well as unscripted series, at the top of NBC’s TCA session today. “He is one of the founding fathers of our Thursday comedy lineup,” Greenblatt said. “We had a chance to work together at Fox when he was launching King of the Hill. The new deal is to develop all kinds of programming, but we also want to emphasize animation, I think he is going to do great things.” NBC also has inked a development pact with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods., marking the company’s first network pact. And former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes, who segued to producing over the past few years, has signed a development deal to headline a half-hour series. “Sean is a friend, and I think it’s time for him to star in a comedy again,” Greenblatt said.
On the development side, NBC is developing a firefighter drama from feature writers Michael Brandt and and Derek Haas, produced by Dick Wolf and his new development exec Danielle Gelber. Greenblatt also confirmed the deal for a karaoke bar comedy produced by The Voice star Adam Levine who … Read More »