EXCLUSIVE: NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt didn’t want to make major changes to his development team until after the upfronts next month. But I hear at least one move is already in the works: that NBC’s head of comedy Jeff Ingold is expected to leave the network, and hot Sony TV comedy executive Tal Rabinowitz is in line to replace him. Also it’s looking increasingly likely that 20th Century Fox TV EVP Jennifer Nicholson Salke could join her close friend Greenblatt at NBC as entertainment president after the upfronts.
Rabinowitz has been SVP comedy at Sony TV and a rising star at the studio, overseeing some of the highest-profile comedy projects including The Big C, one of the last series developed and picked up by Greenblatt while he was entertainment president at Showtime. In addition to comedy, Rabinowitz has overseen digital development and programming for Sony. She started her career at the weblet WB. Rabinowitz and husband Terence Carter are poised to become quite the power TV network couple: he heads the drama development department at Fox.
As for Ingold, he’s served as EVP comedy at NBC since 2008. There has been speculation he might eventually join Bill Lawrence’s production company at Warner Bros as the two have a great relationship going back to the days when Ingold served as the exec on Lawrence’s NBC comedy Scrubs. Ingold has been at NBC for more than a decade and has served as a comedy executive at NBC/UMS since 2002. He also has a longtime relationship with Greenblatt as David Janollari’s assistant at the duo’s production company, Greenblatt Janollari Studio.
EXCLUSIVE: A comedy starring Wilmer Valderrama has landed at ABC. American Dad co-executive producers Murray and Judah Miller created the project, a live-action comedy with a musical component. They will write the script and serve as showrunners. Saturday Night Live writer Akiva Schaffer, who directs, co-writes and edits the majority of the late-night sketch show’s digital shorts, developed the untitled comedy with the Miller brothers and is on board to direct the potential pilot. Valderrama, Murray Miller, Judah Miller and Schaffer will all executive produce. 20th Century Fox TV, where Valderrama is under a talent holding deal, is producing the project, which has landed a script commitment plus penalty. Read More »
NBC has picked up My Life As an Experiment, a half-hour comedy project produced by Jack Black and written by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith. Based on the best-selling non-fiction book Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life As An Experiment by … Read More »
Remember how in the 1980s and 1990s standup comedians ruled the comedy series world as the broadcast networks were clamoring to develop sitcoms with them? Well, it’s been awhile since the last big one based on standup, Everybody Loves Raymond, went off the air, and now networks are looking in other places for fresh writing/acting talent. NBC is taking a chance this development season with a high-concept comedy from up-and-coming comic Mo Mandel. The project, produced by 3 Arts Read More »
Tina Fey was a good sport about her NBC comedy 30 Rock surrendering the spotlight to new kids Glee and Modern Family this year, issuing two funny statements on two of her nominations for 30 Rock (she also shares a writing nom with Kay Cannon):
- on 30 Rock‘s best series nom: ”This … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I hear Worst Week star Kyle Bornheimer is set to star in NBC’s new comedy series Perfect Couples. He is replacing Kyle Howard, who was cast in the pilot in second position to the TBS comedy series My Boys. Potential scheduling conflict in case the TBS show, whose new season premieres later this month, is renewed, prompted NBC to recast the role. The in-demand Bornheimer himself was cast in a pilot in second position earlier this year. Read More »