Back in August it was announced that comedy group Broken Lizard was developing a show for TBS called Quality Time, and today THR reports that the network has now given the show a pilot order. Described as an "untraditional fatherhood comedy," Quality Time will star Broken Lizard's Paul Soter, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, and Erik Stolhanske and follow "four college friends who kept their sophomoric ways in suspended animation throughout their 20s and are now succumbing to reproduction." The four will also co-write and executive produce the pilot.
Back in February, ABC announced it was developing a partially improvised comedy starring David Schwimmer called Irreversible based on the hit Israeli series Bilti Hafich. While the pilot did not make it to series, today Deadline reports that ABC is now giving the project another shot by recasting Justin Long in the lead role. Described as "partially improvised in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm," Irreversible follows Long's character Andy "and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves." ABC cast British actress Jessica Knappett in the original pilot but are reportedly looking for a replacement [...]
After the success of its first sketch show Friends of the People, TruTV is adding its first scripted comedy pilot. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a pilot called Those Who Can't created by and starring Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy of the Denver comedy trio The Grawlix. The series will be set in Denver and follow Cayton-Holland, Orvedahl, and Roy as "three dysfunctional high school teachers who are as screwed-up as the kids they teach. When an entitled bully decides to make their lives miserable, they go to ridiculous lengths to exact revenge." Former SNL writer and Broad City co-executive producer Eric Slovin will [...]
Amazon Studios announced a batch of seven new pilots that will be up for consideration in early 2015, and much like its most recent hit Transparent, there's a mix of comedy and drama in a few of them. Like the last few rounds of pilots, Amazon will post the episodes for free and pick up series based on viewer comments and feedback. "Our first pilot season of 2015 brings some of the greatest storytellers in the business to Amazon customers with works of novelty and passion. We’re very excited by these shows and look forward to getting customers’ reactions next year," Amazon Studios VP Roy Price said [...]
Bill Burr might be FX's next comedy star. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a comedy pilot starring Burr called Pariah. Co-created by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia writing/producing team John and Dave Chernin, Pariah follows "a volatile TV personality Joe Abbott (Burr) who, after an on-air meltdown, is exiled from show business and forced to navigate society as a man with no apparent skills." Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney is also on board to direct the pilot and serve as co-executive producer alongside Burr, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton. Other comedy projects currently in the works at FX and FXX include The Comedians, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, [...]