NBC and ABC Buy Comedies from Jimmy Fallon, Nick Thune, and ‘Party Down’ Co-Creator
After a slowish start, the networks are out guns blazing buying up sitcoms. NBC has bought four additional sitcoms, two of which come from Jimmy Fallon’s production company. The first from Fallon is The Untitled Hipster Project, which was created by former Daily Show showrunner Josh Lieb and comedian Nick Thune. The show follows an un-hip anthropology student who ends up “studying” the hipsters of Brooklyn. Hipsters, of course, are a completely fresh target for comedy. Thune is looking to star; however, if he’s planning on playing the non-hipster, he probably should tell his face. The second is Slammed, a show from Fallon monologue writer Jon Rineman that is set in the slamming world of professional wrestling.
NBC has also bought two family comedies from Ken Kwapis, director/producer of shows like The Office. The first is Fred and Marilyn, a sitcom based on writer Scott Prendergast’s relationship with his “domineering” and “off-the-wall” mother. The second is based on the best-selling Joey Pigza children’s book series. The series focuses on a kid with ADHD, who struggles with his proclivity for zany shenanigans.
Not to be outdone in the family comedy arena, ABC bought three, last night. The first comes from Party Down co-creator John Enbom. Entitled You’re Doing It Wrong, it’s a single-cam sitcom about young parents who are surrounded my neighbors who are super awesome at parenting. Second is Pioneer Town, a single-cam sitcom from Peter Huyck (Frasier, Letterman) about a New York City family who moves to a small town. Lastly, Up All Night writer Erica Rivinoja will write a pilot about a Mormon family that moves to Las Vegas.
Woof. Got all that?