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 [...]
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 [...]
Scrubs and Cougartown creator Bill Lawrence's new pilot Like Father has made it through this round of pickups at Fox and lives to inch itself closer and closer to your television set, where it will give you what you THINK are harmless chuckles and reflections on your own relationships until you find yourself calling your dad JUST TO SAY HI. The ruthless pro-father agenda on Fox must be stopped before we all start getting them gifts on Father's Day that aren't ties or John Grisham books!
Lawrence also has a workplace comedy in the works at CBS.