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Bill Lawrence Is Developing an 'IT Crowd' Remake for NBC

NBC is attempting to remake the Channel 4 workplace comedy The IT Crowd again. Deadline reports that the network has teamed up with Bill Lawrence — who is also developing a Rush Hour TV adaptation for CBS — to adapt the Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, and Katherine Parkinson-starring series into a multi-cam show with Community's Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan signed on as writers. This makes NBC's second attempt to remake the British series following the 2006-2007 season version starring Joel McHale, which you can read more about here.

Zach Braff and Bill Lawrence Are Developing a New Show

The creator and the star of Scrubs are currently working on a new comedy series and have their eyes set on Netflix. According to The Independent, Zach Braff is currently in talks with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence to create a new show together. "I've been talking about a new idea with Bill Lawrence," Braff said. "I don't know if it will be this year or next." As for where Braff and Lawrence hope to premiere the in-the-works show, Braff said: "I like the idea of this new waves that you can do 12 episodes or eight episodes maybe for cable or Netflix or whatever. There are so many [...]

NBC Buys a Comedy About a Comedian from Bill Lawrence and Dan Lagana

Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence has teamed up Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous co-creator Dan Lagana to sell a multi-camera sitcom about a stand-up comedian to NBC, Deadline reports. Stand-Up Guy will focus on "a young comedian who pursues his lifelong dream of being a working stand-up while juggling the growing responsibilities of being a husband and soon-to-be-father at home."

It's the second sitcom for sale for Lagana, who sold a family sitcom to CBS earlier this week. Lawrence has several other shows in the works; he created TBS's new sitcom Ground Floor, as well as the upcoming NBC Comedy Undateable, and he sold the action comedy Chasing Skips to [...]

Rory Scovel Joins the Cast of Bill Lawrence's TBS Pilot

Stand-up Rory Scovel, who you may know from his series of amazing Conan appearances (see below), has been added to the cast of a new TBS pilot from Spin City/Scrubs/Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence, Deadline reports. Co-created by Lawrence and Greg Malins, the show is called Ground Floor, and it follows an Ivy League grad (Skylar Astin) who falls for his office's high school-educated maintenance supervisor (Briga Heelan). John C. McGinley, James Earl, and Rene Gube also star. Scovel will play a character named Harvard, who got his nickname because he was the only one on his co-workers to go past high school and attend community college. [...]

'Cougar Town' Now Located in TBS City

As we speculated earlier, Cougar Town is officially moving from ABC to TBS for 2013. The deal is for one 15-episode season, with the possibility of a second. This is the second time, after Scrubs, one of Bill Lawrence's shows has switched networks, which is particularly impressive, considering it almost never happens. I hope TBS is ready for all the campaigns that will come their way, trying to get them to save every failing cult sitcom.

Bill Lawrence and Brett Ratner Are Developing a 'Rush Hour' TV Series

Yet another big-screen comedy is currently in development as a TV series. Deadline reports that an hourlong action comedy based on the hit Rush Hour film franchise is currently in the works at Warner Bros. TV. The series will be written and executive produced by Bill Lawrence, with original Rush Hour director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian on board as executive producers. The series will reportedly be similar to the original film "with a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer, played in the features by Jackie Chan, assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer, originally played [...]

Chris D’Elia, Ron Funches, and More Are Promoting NBC's 'Undateable' on the Road

Comedy Central's Broad City isn't the only show implementing a live tour into its promotional plans. According to Deadline, the midseason NBC series Undateable — created by Adam Sztykiel and executive produced by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence — is also taking to the road next month on a multi-city tour. Lawrence will serve as the live show's host while cast members Chris D'Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches, and Rick Glassman each perform standup sets. They'll also incorporate humor from the TV show, which follows a cool guy who tries to teach a group of "undateable" guys how to turn their love lives around.

"Since it’s so [...]

Fox Buys Comedy Pilots from Producers Johnny Depp and Bill Lawrence

Fox has purchased a few more comedy pilots from big name producers. Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who directed the 2012 film version the classic Johnny Depp-starring series 21 Jump Street, have now teamed up with Depp and Blue Mountain State co-creator and star Chris Romano to produce a comedy series called Torched. According to Deadline, it will focus "on a fast-talking, fun-loving dad, who through his very unique — and sometimes law-breaking — job, strives to give his young son the life he never had."

Meanwhile, Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence and fellow Cougar Town producer Blake McCormick have sold the network an hour-long comedy action show called Chasing Skips, according to Deadline. The [...]

Fox Buys Two Sitcoms, Including One from Bill Lawrence; NBC Buys One from Cee Lo (Yes, that Cee Lo)

- Fox has purchased a new single-camera comedy from Bill Lawrence called I Suck At Girls. The show is based on a book by the creator of Shit My Dad Says, Justin Halpern, who will also co-write the pilot, and focuses on the growing up of a boy through manhood and eventually fatherhood.

- Fox has ordered a pilot script for Bastards, a single-cam family comedy about "a family who has never met." Jason Micallef, writer of the upcoming feature Butter, and Seth Gordon, director of Horrible Bosses, created the show.

- NBC is working with Cee Lo Green to produce a sitcom because…umm. The show [...]

Bill Lawrence on Tricking Networks Into Airing Good Comedies

Bill Lawrence – the creator of Scrubs, Cougar Town, and two new pilots – gives a big insiders' look in this interview at the process of making network television and how drastically a show or character can change in its first season. Here's his description of how Cougar Town came to be:

…I said, “You know what sucks? I can’t sell my passion project. But if I go to [ABC President] Steve McPherson right now and said” — and this was just off the top of my head — “‘I’ve got a Courteney Cox comedy, she just got divorced, she never had her 20s, and she’s gonna [...]

Bill Lawrence Is Producing an Autobiographical Sitcom Starring Tommy Johnagin

Standup Tommy Johnagin might be getting his own Everybody Loves Raymond-style sitcom. Deadline reports that Johnagin has teamed up with $h*! My Dad Says/Surviving Jack co-creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker to create a multi-cam comedy for CBS based on his life with Bill Lawrence signed on to executive produce. The untitled series — which has received a pilot commitment — stars Johnagin "as a standup comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town." Johnagin also had a similar pilot co-written with My Name Is Earl writer Mike Pennie in development at NBC in 2012.

For more on Johnagin, check out our interview with him [...]

Bill Lawrence Says He's "Been Trying to Reboot 'Clone High' for Years"

"I’ve been trying to reboot [Clone High] with the other two creators for years. The two guys I created that with are the two biggest young guys in Hollywood right now, Chris Miller and Phil Lord. They wrote and directed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and they did 21 and 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie. They’re big hot shots now. The three of us always talk about trying to get Clone High back. We’d have to find a way to purchase and excise it from MTV. It still kills me when I see those episodes. They’re subversive and ridiculous."

-Bill Lawrence, who co-created MTV cult hit Clone [...]

Bill Lawrence Sells a Show to NBC and a Show to TBS

Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence sold two shows to different networks today. The first is Ground Floor, a workplace rom-com for TBS that he co-created with Greg Malins (How I Met Your Mother). The show stars Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Briga Heelan (Cougar Town), John C. McGinley (Scrubs), James Earl, Rene Gube (writer for Up All Night), and stand-up Rory Scovel (Zach Stone). Deadline reports that the cable network has picked up the show for a 10-episode first season, set to debut in 2014.

Lawrence's second sitcom sale of the day is Undateable to NBC. Lawrence is only serving as executive producer on Undateable; the show [...]

Bill Lawrence Stepping Down as 'Cougar Town' Showrunner When it Moves to TBS

Cougar Town was saved from the clutches of cancellation at ABC by TBS, who picked the show up for a ten-episode season on basic cable. But a network home isn't all its losing — show creator and showrunner Bill Lawrence is set to step down when production ramps up for the new season. He'll still be involved somewhat, as he's said to plan on being "actively involved in the creative direction of the show," but as for a big kahuna, it'll be someone else. It's not clear who yet, but I'm sure whoever it is will be perfectly able and very comfortable with writing about drinking lots of [...]