2ND UPDATE: ‘1600 Penn’, ‘Animal Practice’, ‘New Normal’, ‘Revolution’ & ‘Save Me’ Picked Up To Series At NBC

By | Monday May 7, 2012 @ 7:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 7 PM: NBC has picked up two more single-camera comedy series, 1600 Penn and Animal Practice (form. Animal Kingdom). That brings the number of new NBC series orders today to five, four comedies: 1600 Penn, Animal Practice, Save Me and The New Normal, and one drama, the JJ Abrams-produced Revolution. Animal Practice, from writers Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka, Universal TV and American Work, centers on a “House”-like veterinarian (Justin Kirk), who loves animals but usually hates their owners (especially the new woman who runs the clinic). Tyler Labine, Bobby Lee and Amy Huberman co-star. 1600 Penn, from 20th TV, is a family comedy set in the White House. Josh Gad co-created the show with Jon Lovett and is starring. Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman and Martha MacIsaac co-star. The pilot was directed by Jason Winer, who also directed the pilots for two comedy series on the air, ABC’s Modern Family and Don’t Trust The B. Ditto for Animal Practice helmers Anthony and Joe Russo who also directed the pilots for NBC’s Community and ABC’s Happy Endings and serve as executive producers on both.

ANALYSIS: NBC Bets On Single-Camera Comedies And J.J. Abrams In Early Orders

UPDATE, 2:20 PM: The Ryan Murphy-Ali Adler single-camera comedy pilot The New Normal and the JJ Abrams-Eric Kripke action drama Revolution also have received series orders from NBC. Co-written by Murphy and Adler and directed by Murphy, The New Normal is described as a heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple — Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) — and a cash-strapped waitress and mother of one Goldie (Georgia King) who becomes a surrogate to help them have a child. Co-starring in the 20th Century Fox TV-produced project is Ellen Barkin as Goldie’s glamorous/bigoted grandmother. Like the other newly picked up NBC comedy series Save Me and Go On, The New Normal also has been eyed for an early launch after the Olympics in August.

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Written by Kripke, directed by Jon Favreau and produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros TV, Revolution is described as a high-octane action drama following a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist. Billy Burke plays the lead, with Giancarlo Esposito, Tracy Spiradakos, Graham Rogers and Anna Lise co-starring. Both New Normal and Revolution were already on track for pickup as they had been allowed to make staffing offers. This marks Abrams’ return to NBC two years after the brief run of his spy drama Undercovers.

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NBC Pilots ‘New Normal’ & ‘Save Me’ On Fast Track For Potential August Launches

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 11:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s new Matthew Perry comedy series Go On and returning drama Grimm, already earmarked for an early launch immediately following the network coverage of the London Olympics, may be joined by two other new comedies, the Anne Heche starrer Save Me and the Ryan Murphy/Ali Adler blended family half-hour The New Normal. The August series launches are part of NBC’s strategy to take advantage of the monster promotional platform the Olympics provide. Read More »

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Justin Bartha & Georgia King Land Leads In NBC’s Ryan Murphy-Ali Adler Comedy Pilot

By | Wednesday February 22, 2012 @ 2:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC, 20th TV and Ryan Murphy & Ali Adler have assembled the unconventional family at the center of their comedy pilot The New Normal. The Hangover and National Treasure co-star Justin Bartha has been tapped to star in the single-camera … Read More »

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Ellen Barkin To Co-Star In Ryan Murphy/Ali Adler’s NBC Comedy Pilot ‘The New Normal’

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 1:43pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Ellen Barkin is in final negotiations to co-star in The New Normal, NBC’s comedy pilot from the Glee duo of Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler. The single-camera project, co-written by Glee co-creator Murphy and Adler and … Read More »

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NBC Picks Up ‘New Normal’ Family Comedy Pilot From Ryan Murphy And Allison Adler; Is Network Done With Half-Hour Orders?

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 12:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

It’s officially a go for NBC’s comedy project from the Glee duo of Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler. The network has given a pilot order to The New Normal, a … Read More »

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