Pilot News: NBC Orders Money Pit Sitcom

The Money PitNBC’s spend-happy pilot shopping spree continued on Friday with another two comedy orders.

From The Office scribe Justin Spitzer is The Money Pit, a multi-cam comedy inspired by the 1986 Tom Hanks/Shelly Long movie, about a newlywed couple navigating the challenges of romance while their house crumbles around them. Fun.

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Next, from College Humor’s Heidi Niedermeyer and her sometime writing partner Elena Crevello is Fifth Wheel, an ensemble comedy about a young woman who confronts her new reality after her last single friend gets engaged. Grey’s Anatomy EP Mark Gordon’s production shingle will produce with ABC Studios.

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  1. Leonard says:

    and 6 episodes later cancels it . NBC just Britta’s comedies now . NBC is the worst !

    • Will says:

      THIS! NBC seems like it purposely is trying to sabotage itself. I don’t understand the logic of the execs over there. They get paid the big bucks for…what, exactly?

      • Keith says:

        Will, I couldn’t agree with you more! Who exactly are these people who green light these projects? NBC started on the downhill when it brilliantly came up with the idea to put Jay Leno on 5x week at 10pm. (really?) then in turn cancelled ‘SouthLAnd’ a great new cop drama. Recently it rebooted ‘Prime Suspect’ which turned out to be fantastic… what happens? NBC cancels it instead of giving it a chance. It amazes me those people still have jobs.
        NBC=Nothing But Crap

  2. Ram510 says:

    Fifth Wheel sounds like it could be really good

  3. MP says:

    One of the great movies of the 80’s. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. It’s hysterical. I can’t imagine a modern TV show would be funnier than the movie, but we’ll see. Will these shows debut in fall?

    • Parker says:

      They will recast Money Pit with actors of color. it will tank and then they will do the same thing with About Last Night which will also fail. Can Weird Science be far behind? Stop the re-dos.

      • KSM says:

        Weird Science was already an excellent show.

      • Stormy says:

        If they must remake old movies into TV shows, why not something interesting? Wasn’t Money Pit just a twist on Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House? Bosom Buddies was a twist on Some Like It Hot. How about a comedy based on the old Charlie Chan films? I’m sure Dule Hill could do a great Birmingham Brown and it would showcase Asian actors who are IMO under used on TV. Or, a series based on Night Shift the hilarious Henry Winkler/Michael Keaton morgue comedy? It is a pity that Hollywood seems bereft of originality these days.

      • nikki says:

        Why does a cast of color equal failure? it should be about the writing and the acting and not the color of the skin of the characters. I am just curious why you felt the need to say this. Perhaps for the undeserved attention that I am giving your comment. (sigh – I just couldn’t help myself)

        • Parker says:

          I agree with you in principle, but unfortunately when they recast an iconic feature and change the ethnicity there is a backlash from people who love the original. it stinks, but it’s true. They had planned a re-do of Murder She Wrote using Octavia Spencer in the role of Jessica Fletcher and the blogs were saturated with nay sayers. They scrapped the idea. They did a re-do of Ironside with Blair Underwood in the Raymond Burr role. It tanked spectacularly. People IMO don’t like it when they mess with an original. If they redid Sanford & Son with a white cast the result would be just as bad even though S&S was a remake of a white Brit show called Steptoe & Son. The same would be true if they redid Good Times or The Jeffersons with a different ethnicity. The black version of the Wizard of Oz [The Wiz] was awful despite the talents of Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. New shows = fine, but don’t mess with old faves. JMO

  4. David says:

    I miss The Office! None of the comedies on NBC are as funny as it was.

  5. Babar Suhail says:

    Isn’t “Fifth Wheel” the same as CBS’s Friends with Better Lives”?

    • J.Norman says:

      Certainly sounds like it.
      A base premise of a last single woman among her friends is the same.
      Overall, it seems like a combination of Friends, Friends with Better Lives, and a touch of Better With You for good measure.

  6. Ally Oop says:

    Sigh…I hope NBC is still not gonna try for a 2-hour comedy block on Thursday. It just won’t work. The only thing I think could bring them success is possibly airing comedy at 10pm

  7. Tarasa says:

    I believe that the Money Pit was a remake of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream Home with Cary Grant. Both were good, parts of Money Pit were very funny.

  8. J.Norman says:


    Yet another desperation attempt by NBC at a remake.
    The NBC theory seems to be to throw up any and all previously done ideas and hope that a few of them (i.e any of them) somehow stick to the wall.

    Who knows, maybe someday they’ll hit a jackpot on a old remake. Until then, they can live off of football.

  9. Zach says:

    Colin Hanks HAS to star in The Money Pit. The good news is, it’s from one of the main writers on The Office. The guy that wrote Garden Party and a lot of other good episodes. Don’t understand why it’s a multi cam. Not complaining, just don’t understand.

  10. Delia says:

    There’s a certain irony in NBC ordering a show called The Money Pit.