NBC has scheduled midseason comedy The Paul Reiser Show in the Thursday 8:30 PM slot. The single-camera comedy starring Reiser will premiere Thursday, April 14. It will replace another NBC midseason comedy series, Perfect Couples, which will have aired 11 episodes of its 13-episode order. Where (and if) the remaining two episodes of the ensemble comedy will run is TBD. This is the first of several midseason series ordered but not scheduled by NBC’s previous regime to get slotted under the network’s new chief Bob Greenblatt. Still waiting to get a premiere date are anthology comedy Love Bites and comedy Friends with Benefits. Space for comedies on NBC’s fall schedule will be tight as the network recently renewed all 4 of its returning comedies: Community, The Office, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.
The Paul Reiser Show hails from Reiser and Jonathan Shapiro. It stars Reiser as himself enjoying the quiet life at home with his wife Claire (Amy Landecker). Thrown together by circumstance, Reiser and some friends including Jonathan (Ben Shenkman), Habib (Omid Djalili), Fernando (Duane Martin) and Brad (Andrew Daly), form an unlikely comradeship — and a pretty lame basketball team. The Paul Reiser Show is produced by Warner Bros TV and Reiser’s Nuance Prods. Reiser and Shapiro co-wrote the pilot as well as each of the episodes that follow, and both serve as executive producers. Bryan Gordon directed the pilot.
EXCLUSIVE: Departing Office star Steve Carell is staying in the NBC comedy business as a writer. The Peacock has bought a half-hour, single-camera project from the actor-comedian based on his early days working as a mail carrier … Read More »
Fox is taking a second stab at launching a U.S. version of the British comedy series Outnumbered. The network has handed out an off-cycle pilot order to the single-camera comedy from writers Barbara Wallace and Thomas R. Wolfe. It’s being produced by 20th TV, Chernin Entertainment, and Hat Trick Prods, the British company behind the original series created by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin. Inspired by the BBC sitcom, Outnumbered revolves around one set of parents who are often overwhelmed by their three children. Wallace and Wolfe executive produce with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Jimmy Mulville. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Parks and Recreation writer-producer Alan Yang has signed a two-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios, the studio behind the single-camera NBC comedy. Under the pact, Yang will continue on Parks & Rec while also developing new projects for UMS. WME-repped Yang has several feature projects in the works, … Read More »
Procedurals are largely out of favor at the broadcast networks this development season with one exception, medical dramas. The two major networks that don’t have medical franchises, NBC and CBS, were aggressive in the genre last season, each launching 2 new medical series, Trauma and Mercy (NBC) and Three Rivers … Read More »
The title of the show might be Raising Hope, but the panel for the upcoming Fox comedy turned to The Cloris Leachman Show as the veteran comedienne almost hijacked the proceedings. After complaining about the seating arrangement and switching seats around, she fielded questions by asking each person asking the question … Read More »
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
The new multi-camera comedy Better With You (formerly called Better Together) — about 3 couples of different ages at different stages of their relationships — will launch during the successful ABC Wednesday comedy block. At TCA, exec producers Shana Goldberg-Meehan and Greg Malins talked about how a traditional sitcom will compare to ABC’s single-camera hit Modern Family. Read More »