EXCLUSIVE: In what marks the first early pilot order to a project pitched this development season, NBC has picked up The Gates, a single-camera comedy pilot from writers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. The project originally landed at NBC in August with a pilot production commitment after a bidding war, and I hear NBC ordered a pilot off a first draft, which rarely happens in network television.
Based on the British comedy of the same name that premiered on Sky Living in August, Gates is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off. It revolves around the parents, the school staff and the 15-minute social minefield they have to navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. Yuspa and Goldsmith wrote the script and executive produce with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan (ABC’s The Neighbors) as well as Laurence Bowen and Philip Clarke of Feelgood Fiction, the UK production company behind the original series (watch the trailer for it below). READ MORE »