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NBC Developing Comedy With Jeff Lowell

By | Friday October 29, 2010 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a decade in features, Spin City writer-producer Jeff Lowell is returning to television with a single-camera comedy at NBC produced by ABC Studios and Brillstein Entertainment. The untitled project, which has received a script order, is a romantic comedy about a couple from the point of view of the man and the woman whose unspoken thoughts we can hear via voiceover. “It’s a little bit like the balcony scene from Annie Hall,” Lowell said, adding that he got the idea for the project from reflecting on his relationship with his wife – together since they were 15-years-old. “The secret to happiness and a strong marriage is unexpressed thoughts,” he said. Lowell and his family left Hollywood after his short stint on NBC’s Inside Schwartz in 2001 and moved to Charlottesville, VA. He started writing movies and has had 3 produced: John Tucker Must Die, Over Her Dead Body and Hotel for Dogs. ”I never thought I’d go back but I started missing television,” UTA-repped Lowell said.

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TV Pitch Season Coming To An End

Nellie Andreeva

One by one, the networks are wrapping their buying for this development season. NBC, ABC and the CW are done, with Fox still taking in a few pitches and CBS still looking for a handful of comedies. But for the most part, it’s over. NBC executives reportedly told agents that they have no more development money to spend but would make an exception for a project with A-list auspices.

It was a buying season marked with a number of big dramas hitting the marketplace, including the Ryan Murphy/Howard Gordon phobias project at Fox, J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz at Fox and the Tery O’Quinn/Michael Emerson special ops show at NBC, the Josh Schwartz/Rachel Bilson ghost drama, also at NBC, the Kurtzman and Orci-produced Locke & Key at Fox, the James Cameron-produced True Lies reboot at ABC, Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct at NBC, Oren Peli’s thriller The River at ABC, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Lost Girls at ABC, and, of course David E, Kelley’s Wonder Woman remake, which is yet to be taken out. There were fewer high-profile half-hour projects this year as many of the top comedy writers are tied to existing shows and studios didn’t allow them, especially those working on first-year series, to develop. The highlights on the comedy side this year include Peter Tolan’s The Council of Dads at Fox, Kari Lizer’s workplace comedy at NBC, the Darren Star-produced Good Christian Bitches at ABC, the Jack Black/Cathy Yuspa/Josh Goldsmith comedy My Life as an ExperiementRead More »

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