Have a killer idea for a new sitcom? NBC is all ears. The network on Tuesday announced the launch of NBC Playground, a contest targeted at aspiring comedy writers looking to get their ideas on TV or the web.
The rules are simple: Applicants must submit their ideas to NBCComedyPlayground.com beginning May 1. Up to 10 finalists will be chosen, and NBC will fund each finalist to produce their pilot. Of those finalists, two winners will have their shows broadcast on NBC with an initial order of up to four episodes, not including the pilot. There’s also a possibility one or more winners will have their shows produced for NBC.com.
Winners will be chosen by a panel of well-known actors and producers, which includes Aziz Ansari, Jason Bateman, Mindy Kaling, Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler.
NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke calls Playground a “bold, alternative approach” at uncovering “original comedy minds who are looking for a way to get into the television business.”
Have an idea for a sitcom, but don’t feel like going through the application process? Drop it in a comment below! (And remember, Animal Practice was already a thing, so don’t even bother.)Follow @AndySwift