Community's Ken Jeong might star in his own television show. THR reports that ABC has given a pilot order to Dr. Ken, a semi-autobiographical comedy Jeong developed for NBC back in 2013. Written by The Internship's Jared Stern, the series follows Jeong's real-life experiences as a physician who pursues a standup career on the side. Jeong has had several other onscreen projects in the works recently including an MTV comedy pilot called Ken Jeong Made Me Do It and a WWE film role opposite Hulk Hogan and David Hasselhoff.
NBC ordered another comedy pilot yesterday, bringing the total number of comedy pilots currently up for consideration at the network to 13. According to THR, the network has added an untitled multi-cam buddy comedy from former Animal Practice producers Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, and Aseem Batra. Written by Batra (Scrubs, The Cleveland Show), the pilot is described as "a politically incorrect comedy centered on best friends Dale and Georgie, whose relationship is upended when he starts dating the 'perfect' woman." The trio developed another pilot last season loosely based on Batra's childhood but it did not move forward at NBC. Other recent NBC pilot orders include adaptations of [...]
Strange Calls isn't the only adaptation to land an NBC pilot order today. After over a year in development, NBC has given a pilot order to a remake of British comedy series Cuckoo from longtime Simpsons producer Tim Long. The single-cam show follows "a daughter who comes back from a summer abroad after marrying a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo, much to her father’s annoyance." The original Cuckoo has aired two seasons on BBC Three so far and starred Andy Samberg as Cuckoo in the first season, while Taylor Lautner replaced him as Dale Jr. in the second. Watch a teaser for the British [...]
NBC just handed out two pilot orders. Variety reports that the network has ordered a single-cam workplace comedy executive produced by Jimmy Fallon called Sharing and an untitled multi-cam series executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres starring Parenthood's Monica Potter. Sharing will be an office-set workplace comedy from writers Damian Lanigan and Jeremy Bronson (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Mindy Project), while the DeGeneres-produced pilot will star Potter as a woman "juggling a busy family life and three ex-husbands, who begins to date again." Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) will write and co-executive produce.
Shaq might star in his own TruTV comedy series. Deadline reports that the network has handed a pilot order to Shaq Inq., a workplace comedy "in the tone of Veep." Shaq Inq. will follow O'Neal and his "offbeat, yet capable" business team who take on "the mayhem of managing Shaq’s existing products and endorsements while implementing his latest batch of eccentric and oftentimes brilliant business ideas. While they’re all working towards the same goal, each employee is constantly jockeying for the power and recognition to make the big guy proud." The pilot is written by The Wedding Ringer's Jeremy Garelick, directed by Galavant's John Fortenberry, and co-executive produced [...]