Pilot News: NBC Orders Comedy Starring Sean Hayes, Sitcom From Office Producer and 5 Others

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Sean Hayes -- NBC Comedy PilotNBC on Tuesday doled out pilot orders to seven prospective series, including a comedy starring Will & Grace fave Sean Hayes and a sitcom from Office scribe Justin Spitzer.

The network’s vehicle for Hayes, from Better Off Ted creator Victor Fresco, is a multi-camera project centering on a man attempting to both parent the teenage daughter who just moved in and appease a temperamental new boss. Hot In Cleveland‘s Todd Milliner will also produce.

Spitzer’s Holding Patterns, meanwhile, is a multi-cam ensemble about a group of friends whose lives are altered after surviving a plane crash. Rachel Kaplan (Do No Harm) and Peter Traugott (Samantha Who?) are also attached as EPs.

Other projects receiving pilot orders:

• Penned by newcomer Ryan Condal and exec-produced by Lost’s Carlton Cuse, Eric Gitter (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Andy Borne, The Sixth Gun is supernatural western examining six mythical guns that each have their own otherworldly powers. It’s based on the graphic novel of the same name.

• DJ Nash (Bent) and Jason Bateman’s untitled single-camera sitcom centers on a son who idolizes his blind father and enjoys his mom’s newfound adolescence after his folks divorce and ultimately grow closer. Jim Garavente (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) will also exec-produce.

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• Penned by Jon Bokenkamp (Perfect Stranger) and exec-produced by John Eisendrath (Alias), John Fox and John Davis, The Blacklist is a drama that follows the world’s most wanted criminal who suddenly turns himself in and offers to give up anyone he’s ever worked with. The catch: He’ll only work with a new FBI agent, one with whom he has no known connection.

Girlfriend in a Coma, based on a Douglas Coupland novel, is a single-cam comedy centering on a 34-year-old woman who wakes from a coma only to discover she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she never knew about. Dick Wolf (Law & Order), Peter Jankowski (Law & Order), Danielle Gelber (Chicago Fire) will exec-produce, with Liz Brixius (Nurse Jackie) producing and penning the project.

• The Untitled Rand Ravich Project is a drama examining what happens when an unlikely puppeteer pulls Washington’s elite — including the President of the United States — into an international conspiracy. Life‘s Ravich and Far Shariat will exec-produce.



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Comments (15)

  • I hope that’s where the comparison to Coupland’s novel ends for “Girlfriend in a Coma,” that book got weird.

    Comment by Tricia – January 22, 2013 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Girlfriend in a Coma? Sounds like a laff riot to me!

    Comment by TMW – January 22, 2013 06:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Sean Hayes comedy doesn’t sound interesting or original in the slightest, but since it’s by the creator of Better Off Ted I’ll have to give it a go…

    Comment by Kirk – January 22, 2013 06:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m interested in The Sixth Gun and the untitled Nash/Bateman project.

    Comment by nick1372 – January 22, 2013 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Blacklist sounds interesting

    Comment by ABC – January 22, 2013 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Holding patterns could be good but will probably get messed up. Why would anyone want to give Shawn Hayes a vehicle. He’s nice but he’s got no range same thing every week. Probably the same genius who gave Kramer a show and Joey his own show.

    Comment by cj – January 22, 2013 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m hoping these all are so bad that Community has to come back for a 5th season.

    Comment by Midori – January 22, 2013 08:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Girlfriend In A Coma sounds kinda creepy…

    Comment by Marco – January 23, 2013 02:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A supernatural western…..yeah, that will last 3 episodes.

    Comment by Cheryl – January 23, 2013 04:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, I’ll say this for NBC…they certainly seem to be stepping outside of the box this year. Not a Lawyer or Cop drama to be seen.

    Comment by JJ – January 23, 2013 04:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Girlfriend in a Coma sounds like some heavy drama in which she was raped during coma and had child from this rape. I’m not sure how they can make it funny but I don’t cross it off yet.

    Comment by Jinjeon – January 23, 2013 05:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Or perhaps she was barely pregnant with her boyfriends baby when she fell into the coma

      Comment by edlow – January 23, 2013 06:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope the Sean Hayes comedy series is going to be a funny show, he has been away for too long. The Sixth Gun and The Blacklist sound very interesting.

    Comment by Daniel – January 23, 2013 03:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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