Pilot Scoop: NBC Orders New Comedies From Will Ferrell, Office's Greg Daniels and More!

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logo-nbc-300NBC is staying in business with Office boss Greg Daniels, ordering an untitled half-hour comedy pilot from the writer-producer.

It was one of three projects the Peacock network extended pilot orders to on Friday.

The untitled Daniels comedy, penned by Office scribe Robert Padnick, centers on a group of friends in their 20s navigating the trials and tribulations of dating. The pilot focuses on bright eyed and vulnerable Matthew being pushed by his three best friends to get back on the dating horse.

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The other two half-hours are the Will Ferrell-Adam McKay-produced Assistance, a fast-moving comedy centered on an idealistic “working girl” assistant who is pulled between her colleague/work husband and her real life fiance, and Donor Party,  a New Normal-esque ensemble comedy about an irresponsible man forced to grow up when he discovers he has children resulting from his days as a sperm donor. Actor-writer Alex Schemmer (Community) penned the script with Geyer Kosinski (Magic City) on board as an exec producer.

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Also in NBC’s Fall 2013 pipeline: Potential new comedies starring Jessica Simpson and Andy Samberg.

Comments (8)

  • Here we go with “pilot season” again: we keep hearing about networks ordering them, and actors being cast in them. Hundreds of them, of which maybe 20 become actual series. Plus about half of the casting announcements turn out to be either false rumors or get changed before the pilots are even shot (much less before they are announced as fall shows).

    Comment by CJ – January 18, 2013 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Geg Daniels pilot seems boring and it’s been done before, I’m interested in Assistance.

    Comment by Mike – January 18, 2013 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Isn’t the Andy Samberg one on Fox?

    Comment by Isaac – January 18, 2013 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes. Ausiello can link the article but not do the slightest read on it first ;)

      Comment by bryceradick – January 18, 2013 07:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Have the creators of Friends filed their lawsuit against Daniels yet?

    Comment by Leon – January 18, 2013 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • these all sound terrible

    Comment by mike – January 18, 2013 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t find Will Ferrell funny. He has said some funny things here and there but overall he’s not funny to me. Makes me wonder if I will like a show he is behind.

    Comment by tp – January 18, 2013 06:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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