With the $15 million weekend opening of Sex Tape serving as exhibit A, it would be an understatement to say that romantic feature comedies have been in a sling creatively and at the B.O. for sometime. But for those TV creators who love the genre at Fox’s “Behind the Laughs” TCA panel, if romantic comedies are alive, then it’s on the small screen with such shows as Elizabeth Meriwether’s New Girl and Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project. Chalk the death of romantic comedy movies up to the staling of set premises like the sexy wedding planner who can’t get anybody or, as Kaling pointed out, “Matthew McConaughey falling into a cake.”
“They are so predictable, but that’s why I love them so much. I think they can be good, but they’ve been suffering for so long. I think the easiest way to your voice out there (for romantic comedies) is TV,” said Kaling whose next season of The Mindy Project dotes on her character’s relationship with long-love Danny (Chris Messina). Read More »
Schedule changes and lack of certain Primetime Emmy noms doesn’t keep Brooklyn Nine-Nine down. Co-creators Mike Schur and Dan Goor, EP David Miner, and the cast gathered on the CBS Radford lot today to give the TCA corps a look at their urban work environment and provide some insight into Season 2.
With Brooklyn now scheduled for 8:30 PM, and sandwiched between The Simpsons at 8 PM and The Family Guy-Simpsons crossover event at 9 PM, team Brooklyn isn’t daunted by the prospect that they’re one of two Fox live-action shows on Sunday, a night historically known for its animation lineup (the other series being Mulaney airing after Family Guy). Miner exclaimed, “This is a tremendous audience and we are with great comedies. We were thrilled when we got the call.” Read More »
Michael Schur knows how to make comedy work when TV viewership is splintered by the internet and delayed DVR viewing. For him, nabbing a large audience isn’t a sprint so much as a marathon, and that philosophy has translated into a cult following for each of the series he’s helped create: The Office, Parks and Recreation and now the Andy Samberg-starrer Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Schur and his former Harvard buddy Daniel Goor set out with Brooklyn to reboot the cop comedy, drawing inspiration from such benchmarks as Barney Miller and Police Squad! They also have maximized laughs by mimicking the handheld shooting style of cop dramas. The show has won over critics and earned Golden Globes for comedy series and lead actor for Samberg.
Awardsline: How did Brooklyn Nine-Nine get off the ground?
Michael Schur: I was under a deal at NBCUniversal, and Dan Goor was the number two guy on Parks and Recreation since the beginning. There hadn’t been many comedies set in a police precinct since Barney Miller. It’s hard to find areas in the comedy landscape that haven’t been troughed. After pitching to Universal, we sold the show to Fox. When Andy Samberg came aboard after Saturday Night Live, all the big stumbling blocks you can run into with developing a show went away. Read More »
With two series on the air, Michael Schur is among the key writer-producers on Universal Television‘s roster, and the studio is making sure he stays there. Uni TV has signed a new overall deal with Schur, keeping him in the fold through 2016. Schur is co-creator/executive producer on the Uni TV-produced Parks And Recreation, which enters its sixth season on NBC, and new comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which launches on Fox this fall. “Mike is a wildly talented writer and, hands-down, one of the best showrunners in the business,” said Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria. “He is funny, collaborative, smart, solution-oriented and incredibly creative.” Schur has spent most of his career at NBC, starting with a writing gig on Saturday Night Live and working for two years on The Office before moving to Parks & Recreation. “I couldn’t be happier about extending my stay at Universal TV,” Schur said. “Bob (Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment), Jen (Salke, President, NBC Entertainment), Bela and their teams have shown me a tremendous amount of encouragement and support, and not just creatively. This weekend Bob is helping me paint my garage, and Bela is my spotter when I lift.” Schur is with UTA, David Miner at 3 Arts and attorney Ken Richman.
In a very competitive situation that went down to the wire, Fox has nabbed a comedy pitch from the Parks & Recreation duo of co-creator/exec producer/showrunner Michael Schur and executive producer Dan Goor with a pilot production commitment. The single-camera comedy, from Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment, is about a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City. Schur and Goor will co-write the script and executive produce the project with 3 Arts’ David Miner. For Schur, the project falls under the new overall deal he just signed with Universal TV.
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From the get go, the NBC-affiliated studio made a strategic decision to take the pitch out wide. The show was pitched to the four major broadcast networks who all pursued it. Uni TV recently used the same strategy with a Jason Katims/Sarah Watson medical drama pitch, which also landed at Fox after fielding interest from multiple networks. In addition to the two projects in development, Universal TV has a high-profile new series on Fox, comedy The Mindy Project. The two companies have a long-standing relationship through veteran Fox drama House, which was produced by Uni TV.
The Schur/Goor project was one of three comedy pitches that sparked bidding … Read More »
There is a heatwave in Hollywood these days, and it’s not just the scorching temperatures outside. After a sluggish start of the buying season, comedies are getting red-hot with another bidding war. A pitch from the Parks & Recreation duo of co-creator/exec producer/showrunner Michael Schur and co-executive producer Dan Goor was just taken out to the four major broadcast networks, and all are pursuing it. The untitled project, which Schur and Goor will co-write together, is a single-camera comedy about a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City. Schur and Goor are executive producing for Universal Television. I hear the NBC-affiliated studio made a strategic decision to take the pitch out wide. It recently did the same with a Jason Katims/Sarah Watson medical drama, which landed at Fox after fielding interest from multiple networks.
Comedy-wise, the Schur-Goor project joins the Sony TV comedy pitch starring Michael J. Fox and produced by Will Gluck, which also sparked a bidding frenzy. NBC appears to be a frontrunner to land the project with a big commitment but the dust has not yet settled. Sony TV has another comedy with talent attached, a Tad Quill firefighter project starring David Walton, which also in the midst of competitive situation.
Here’s is the Deadline/TVline assessment of 2011 Emmy comedy races:
Deadline/TVline: 2011 Comedy Series Overview
Competition for Emmy nominations among this year’s Outstanding Comedy Series contestants is no laughing matter. The showdown between two 20th Century TV hits is more intense than ever, with Modern Family and Glee. That is, if a duo of up-and-comers — Community or Parks and Recreation — don’t act as spoilers. Past Emmy stalwarts 30 Rock or The Office could resurface. Or Showtime’s bold female-skewing dramedies Nurse Jackie or newbie The Big C might seize the spotlight. CBS’ The Big Bang Theory could finally score a nod or How I Met Your Mother in its sixth season. Underdogs include ABC’s The Middle and Fox’s Raising Hope.
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While some comedy series producers are still finalizing their selection of episodes to submit for Emmy nomination consideration, most have already chosen their best. Each series may submit 6 episodes for the Outstanding Comedy Series, as … Read More »
Deadline TV contributor Diane Haithman files this report:
NBC’s Parks And Recreation, which stars Amy Poehler as a small town public servant, has a sterling pedigree for an Emmy. It was created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, who respectively are the creator and creative team member for NBC’s multi-award-winning veteran comedy The Office. And The Office was adapted by Daniels from the popular BBC series created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who join Daniels as executive producers of the U.S. version.
But there’s a downside to being part of this royal family. While The Office has been crowned with the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, Parks And Recreation has not. Poehler was nominated in 2010 but did not win. Plus, out of the box, the show had to live down comparisons to The Office ever since the newer series came on the TV landscape in April 2009. It even airs in the Thursday 9:30 p.m. time slot just after The Office — which won for Outstanding Comedy in 2006 and which in turn follows 30 Rock, which took the crown in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Yet, even as a direct descendent of Emmy-winners, Parks And Recreation remains a commoner, like Kate Middleton before Prince William handed her the wedding ring.
Mike Schur has shared in The Office’s Emmy success, but Parks And Recreation is his own offspring. Nevertheless, he has to constantly correct the popular misconception that Parks and Recreation is an Office spinoff. That’s because the newer show was originally intended to be a spinoff, but then developed with its own original concept. But Schur says the real inspiration for Parks and Recreation came from another multiple-Emmy winner. “I was a huge West Wing fan, and I thought maybe we could think of this as a half-hour comedy version. In The West Wing, it’s about Russia about to invade China. In our show, it’s about your local garbage. We did some research into the lives of municipal government bureaucrats and it was like, wow, this has just not been done. There have been shows about mayors or governors or presidents, but not about the unelected officials doing their day jobs.” Read More »
From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:
You really can’t blame the production team behind the Amy Poehler NBC comedy Parks and Recreation for feeling pretty good about itself these days, having survived something of a critical drubbing (“It’s a clone of The Office!”) following its premiere in April 2009 to become an unlikely critics’ darling in its second season.
And now with the delayed launch of its third season on Jan. 20, the show finds itself in a unique position: moved behind its sister mockumentary The Office on Thursdays at 9:30 PM after having had months of extra time to fine-tune the product. It’s why executive producer Greg Daniels and showrunner Michael Schur were all smiles this afternoon during a TCA event on the show set at CBS Radford in Studio City. “As Amy says, we started out with ‘Your baby’s ugly’ and now it’s ‘Your baby’s cute’,” Schur said during a private interview prior to a group Q&A. “It really didn’t matter if we’d done a show about Eskimos in Alaska at the beginning, people would have said, ‘Oh, remind me of ‘The Office’.’ There was really no way to avoid that. So we had to take our lumps.
The early reviews of the first six episodes were not kind. But then, Schur says, he began to notice a bit of a turn as the last episode of that first season was airing. “We really started … Read More »