Jean Smart Cast In NBC’s Craig Robinson Comedy Pilot

By | Sunday March 24, 2013 @ 3:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jean Smart has become a late addition to NBC‘s untitled Craig Robinson comedy pilot. She replaces Jane Adams who exited Read More »

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Spencer Grammer To Star In ‘Ironside’, Jane Adams Joins Craig Robinson Comedy

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 12:18pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Greek alumna Spencer Grammer has landed the female lead opposite Blair Underwood in NBC’s drama pilot Ironside. The reboot of the 1967 series, written by Mike Caleo and directed by Peter Horton, centers on Robert T. Ironside (Underwood), a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases. Grammer, repped by UTA and Untitled, will play Holly, who stands up to Ironside and everyone else and would be much higher up in the police department if she would distance herself from the criminals she grew up around. Read More »

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Comedian Josh Rabinowitz Off NBC’s Padnick/Daniels Comedy Pilot

By | Wednesday March 13, 2013 @ 3:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Young New York comedian Josh Rabinowitz is departing NBC‘s untitled Robert Padnick/Greg Daniels comedy pilot, from 3 Arts and Universal TV. Rabinowitz was the producers’ choice for the lead, though the deal was difficult to … Read More »

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NBC’s Robert Padnick Pilot Books 3 Leads, Director

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 12:14pm PST
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Ellen WoglomEric AndreUPDATED: Ellen Woglom (Californication), Don’t Trust The B— In Apt. 23‘s Eric Andre and young comedian Josh Rabinowitz have been cast as … Read More »

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Greg Daniels Comedy Starring ‘The Office’s Craig Robinson Gets NBC Pilot Order

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 6:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has given the green light to a single-camera comedy from The Office developer/executive producer Greg Daniels starring The Office regular Craig RobinsonRead More »

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NBC Greenlights Three Comedy Pilots

By | Friday January 18, 2013 @ 11:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC today added three more single-camera comedy pilots to its roster, including projects produced by Greg Daniels and the duo of Will Ferrell & Adam McKay. The Office boss Daniels and his Deedle Dee Prods have had a very active development season with a half-dozen projects landing at NBC and Fox. The one that got the nod at NBC today is an untitled half-hour written by The Office‘s Robert Padnick. The other two pilot slots went to Assistance, from writer Leslye Headland and Ferrell and McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods, and Donor Party, from writer Alex Schemmer and producer Geyer Kosinski.

This marks Gary Sanchez’s first pilot order under the company’s deal with Universal TV where Deedle Dee is also based. All three pilots hail from NBC’s sister studio, with Lionsgate TV co-producing Donor Party. This is Lionsgate’s second consecutive comedy pilot at NBC, following last year’s Next Caller, which went to series but was ultimately shelved. The trio of pilots join recently picked up About A Boy, also single-camera, and multi-camera comedy Joe, Joe & Jane. Here are details about the newly picked up pilots: Read More »

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Greg Daniels-Produced Comedy From Tom Gormican & Richie Keen Lands At Fox

By | Monday December 17, 2012 @ 2:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

After lengthy negotiations, Fox has closed a deal with Universal TV and Greg Daniels‘ studio-based Deedle Dee for a sibling comedy written by Tom Gormican and Richie Keen. It centers on Richie, a mediocre professional tennis player who returns to his college town, the scene of his greatness, in order to reboot his life, only to be caught between a lifestyle he never got to live — embodied by his carefree, bar-owning, younger brother Tom — and Kirsten, the love of his life he will have to grow up in order to get. Gormican and Keen executive produce with Daniels, Deedle Dee’s Tracy Katsky and 3 Arts’ Howard Klein and Oly Obst. Read More »

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‘The Office’s Brian Baumgartner To Star In ABC Comedy From Greg Daniels & Harris Wittels

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 5:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The Office co-star Brian Baumgartner is staying in business with the series’ boss Greg Daniels. Daniels is executive producing a new new single-camera comedy to star the original Office cast member, which has landed at ABC. It will be written by Harris Wittels, supervising producer on Daniels’ other NBC series, Parks And Recreation. The untitled half-hour centers on Norman (Baumgartner), a mid-level airline executive who fights to experience winning again… At anything. Universal TV and Daniels’ studio-based Deedle Dee Prods are producing, with Wittels, Baumgartner, Deedle Dee’s Daniels and Tracy Katsky and 3 Arts’ Howard Klein, Dave Becky and Tom Lassally executive producing.

Baumgartner, repped by Theodore B. Gekis & Daniel Ribera, and attorney Matthew C. Thompson, plays Dunder Mifflin Paper accountant Kevin Malone on NBC’s The Office, where he has been since the pilot. For Wittels, repped by CAA, 3 Arts and attorney Jared Levine, the project stems from the overall deal he signed with Uni TV in June.  Read More »

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Robert Padnick Romantic Comedy Produced By Greg Daniels Sells To NBC With Penalty

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 5:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Greg Daniels is backing another comedy project from an up-and-coming writer on one of his NBC series. In a competitive situation with multiple networks bidding, a half-hour written by The Office‘s Robert Padnick and executive produced by Daniels has … Read More »

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NBC Buys Father-Son Comedy From ‘Parks & Rec’ Writer And Greg Daniels’ Company

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 10:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has put in development a comedy project from Parks And Recreation writer-producer Alan Yang and the series’ co-creator/executive producer Greg Daniels. The untitled comedy, from Universal TV and Daniels’ Deedle Dee Prods, centers on a strict “Tiger Dad” who, after a near-death experience, tries to reprogram his super-responsible son to be more like his fun-loving immature roommates. Yang will write the script and  executive produce with Deedle Dee’s Daniels and Tracy Katsky and 3 Arts’ Howard Klein. Read More »

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‘Office’s Craig Robinson To Star In NBC Comedy From Series Boss Greg Daniels

By | Friday October 19, 2012 @ 1:57pm PDT
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Craig Robinson OfficeGreg Daniels Office EXCLUSIVE: The proposed Office spinoff starring Rainn Wilson is not the only NBC comedy series hopeful for next season toplined by an Office co-star and backed by key Office auspices.

In his first major sale this season, The Office developer/executive producer Greg Daniels has set up a comedy at NBC starring The Office regular Craig Robinson and written by the show’s supervising producer Owen Ellickson. The untitled project centers on a talented musician (Robinson) with rough edges who adjusts to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school, where he encounters teacher politics and the temptations of single moms. The comedy hails from Universal TV, Daniels’ Deedle Dee Prods and 3 Arts Entertainment. Ellickson, Daniels, Deedle Dee’s Tracy Katsky and 3 Arts’ Howard Klein and Mark Schulman executive produce, with Robinson serving as producer. Read More »

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Allison Janney & Tony Shalhoub To Star In Greg Daniels’ NBC Pilot ‘Friday Night Dinner’

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 1:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Emmy winners Allison Janney and Tony Shalhoub are finalizing deals to star in Greg Daniels’ NBC comedy pilot Friday Night Dinner. The single-camera project, based on the British format, centers … Read More »

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David Koechner Inks NBC Talent Deal, Eyes Greg Daniels’ ‘Friday Night Dinner’ & ‘Office’

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 5:42pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Actor-comedian David Koechner has signed a talent holding deal with NBC. Under the pact, he is attached to star in Greg Daniels’ comedy project Friday Night Dinner and possibly do more episodes of The Office, … Read More »

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Greg Daniels Teams With Mindy Kaling & Alan Yang For Animated Projects At NBC

By | Wednesday December 7, 2011 @ 5:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The Office and Parks & Recreation executive producer Greg Daniels is teaming with a writer from each of his two NBC series to develop new animated comedy projects for … Read More »

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EMMYS: Comedy Series Writers Handicap

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2011 Emmy coverage. Here’s his scorecard assessing the Outstanding Comedy Series Writer race.

Greg Daniels, The Office (NBC)
“Goodbye Michael”
Why He Was Nominated: Being nominated for Emmys is simply what Daniels does. He’s reeled in 19 Emmy nominations all told, including three in this category and three noms this year alone. He’s won here once before, in 2007 for the celebrated “Gay Witch Hunt” episode of The Office. And Daniels has five Emmy trophies to his credit all told, also including previous wins for King of the Hill, The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live.
Why He Has To Win: In earning a nomination for star Steve Carell’s final episode, Daniels becomes something of a prohibitive favorite to win for writing, particularly since he’s already taken one home here previously. The super-sized episode, “Goodbye, Michael,” was heavily hyped by NBC and exceptionally well-received by viewers and the industry. “Greg did a terrific job of walking the line between comedy and sentiment,” one producer told me, “which was quite a feat.”
Why He Can’t Possibly Win: Sentiment doesn’t always go over so big with the TV academy crowd, whether talking about shows or individuals. Voters could well also figure that giving an overdue Emmy to Carell for acting is plenty and need not adorn the farewell with coattails. Plus, there are a couple of other exceedingly worthy contenders here, like a particularly buzzed episode of Modern Family. Read More »

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EMMYS: Nominated Writers Talk About Craft

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 11:29pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

When a comedy writer moderates a WGA panel of his peers, the audience is bound to get more jokes than straight answers. That’s what happened tonight at this year’s ‘Primetime Sublime’ panel featuring Emmy-nominated writers moderated by … Read More »

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Greg Daniels To Adapt British Comedy ‘Friday Night Dinner’ For NBC

By | Tuesday September 6, 2011 @ 9:52am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After successfully adapting British workplace comedy The Office for NBC, Greg Daniels is taking on another half-hour British format for the network, this time a family comedy. I hear that NBC has put in development a U.S. version of the UK series Friday Night Dinner with Daniels at the helm. It is unclear whether Daniels will write, co-write or supervise the writing of the adaptation for UMS. Created by Robert Popper, Friday Night Dinner, which debuted on Channel 4 in February, centers on the Goodmans, a traditional but not strictly observant Jewish family, and chronicles their Shabbat dinners. Every Friday night, brothers Adam and Jonny reluctantly visit their parents — mom Jackie, who is obsessed with Masterchef, and dad Martin, who loves to walk around shirtless — for a home-cooked meal. Adding to the gallery of oddball characters is a grandmother who struts her stuff in a bikini and eccentric neighbor Jim who constantly interrupts dinner. Friday Night Dinner, which has been renewed by Channel 4 for a second season, airs in the U.S. on BBC America. The show hails from Big Talk Prods, the UK production company also behind another Channel 4 comedy series that is being remade by NBC, Free Agents. NBC’s version, starring Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn, was picked up to series and launches this fall. Read More »

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TCA: NBC Renews Overall Deal With Greg Daniels, Signs Pacts With Gary Sanchez Prods, Sean Hayes & More From Exec Panel

Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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EMMYS: Louis C.K. & Lonely Island Duo Top List Of Multiple Nominees, More Notes

Nellie Andreeva

His eponymous FX comedy may have been snubbed in the best comedy series category, but comedian Louis C.K. still managed to become the most nominated person at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards with four noms, sharing the honors with The Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Louis C.K. was nominated in the lead comedy actor category for his role on FX’s Louie, in the writing for comedy series category for penning the Poker/Divorce episode of the show, as well as in two Variety, Music or Comedy special categories for his Epix comedy special Louis C.K.: Hilarious — for writing and for editing. Three of Schaffer and Taccone’s four nominations were in the Original Music and Lyrics category, in which The Lonely Island’s Schaffer, Taccone and Andy Samberg have a regular presence, often in tandem with Justin Timberlake, having won an Emmy together for Dick In a Box. This year, Saturday Night Live is completely dominating the category with four of the six nominations: three for Schaffer, Taccone and Samberg’s digital music videos I Just Have Sex, Jack Sparrow and their latest collaboration with Timberlake, 3-Way, and one for the song from host Timberlake’s opening monologue. Schaffer and Taccone’s fourth Emmy nomination is in the writing for VMC series category for their staff-writing duties on SNL. Read More »

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