Pilot Error: NBC Passes on 3 Comedies, Including What About Barb?

NBC has begun thinning the 2017-18 pilot herd.

TVLine has learned that three comedy projects — Bill Lawrence’s Spaced Out, film-to-TV remake What About Barb? and Max Mutchnick’s sibling sitcom Relatively Happy — will not be ordered to series. 

Scroll down to refresh your memory about the ill-fated trio (and head here to see what remains in contention):

WRITER: Adam Sztykiel
OTHER EPs: Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold
CAST: Matt Shively (The Real O’Neals), Christine Woods (Hello Ladies), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), Brett Goldstein, Ken Kirby
A single-cam workplace comedy that centers on a working class genius and his struggles to fit in with an established team all made more difficult when their job is building a rocket to Mars.

WRITERS: Joe Port, Joe Wiseman
CAST: Leah Remini (King of Queens), Jessica Gunning (Prime Suspect), Ben Lawson (The Deep End), Eddie Shin (Man in the High Castle)
Based on the 1991 movie What About Bob? — but with a female twist — a psychotherapist tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process.

RELATIVELY HAPPY (fka Happy Peppers)
WRITERS: Max Mutchnick, Jeff Astrof
CAST: Genevieve Angelson (Good Girls Revolt), Jon Rudnitsky (Saturday Night Live), Jane Lynch (Glee), Diona Reasonover (Clipped), Derek Gaines
In the multi-cam comedy, an adult brother and sister wind up living together for the first time since they were kids, after one of them suffers a big loss. They become each other’s wingmen, shoulder to cry on, best friend and punching bag as they navigate love, loss and work while helping to get each other “un-stuck.”

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  1. Brian says:

    Poor Jane Lynch.

    • iHeart says:

      yeah she is not exactly having the best post-glee luck (but then again aside from Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison I haven’t exactly seen everyone else get any work……oh wait I forgot Heather Morris was just on Dancing with the Stars), maybe Ryan Murphy will hire her to be in an upcoming American Horror story/Crime Story or Feud.

      • John036 says:

        I don’t see RM putting Jane on the next season of Feud unless she can pull of a convincing British accent

      • ScottJ says:

        You mean like Grant Gustin (Flash), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), and Darren Criss in several Ryan Murphy shows?

        • iHeart says:

          okay I kind of forgot about that and for the record I haven’t forgotten about Chris Colfer’s writing, the conclusion to the land of stories series is due in a couple of months

        • Lola says:

          Don’t forget Harry Shum Jr. is on Shadowhunters.

      • Brian says:

        Amber Riley and Chris Colfer are doing good. He keeps writing successful books and Amber is on stage in the UK. She recently won an Olivier award (the UK’s Tony award).

  2. fernando933 says:

    I hope NBC picks up Good Girls I’m sorry since I haven’t heard it pick up yet I think that’s the one that can go well with This Is Us.

  3. laurelnev says:

    So is Leah going to recur on “Kevin” then and actually make it a better show? (Still cannot believe CBS renewed Kevin and Man…)

  4. Daisy says:

    Relatively Happy sounds exactly like Casual. But I think I could’ve enjoyed What about Barb. I’m sorry that one didn’t make it.

  5. ggny says:

    Is it weird Jane Lynch cant find anything after Glee? She always seemed too good for that show now he cant even get a Comedy Pilot at NBC

  6. Lyndy says:

    Wow Jane Lynch is not having much luck with TV shows these days.

  7. maltru says:

    Damn, I was really hopeful for Spaced Out. I love Bill Lawrence, I love the cast, and I thought it seemed like a fun idea.

  8. kirads09 says:

    * nothing against the pilots but hope this signals good news for Timeless in some way*

  9. april-ann says:

    I was looking forward to What About Barb.

  10. John036 says:

    I hope this means good news for the Casey Wilson-Busy Phillips pilot. I love both of them and they need to be back on tv

  11. Ray says:

    Could be good news for Mindy Kaling’s Champions.

  12. T.W.S.S. says:

    Sounds like a good decision on NBC’s part.

  13. Jared says:

    Jane Lynch should really start to look at projects in the cable/streaming space. I would love to see her in something darker or on a show like Fargo. These half hour network TV comedies she’s been doing are like a dime a dozen.

  14. Jesse says:

    (I couldn’t resist – sorry)

  15. Blah says:

    Really hoping this means a Trial and Error renewal!

    • Lauren says:

      My husband and I loved that show! I feel like NBC never really gave it a chance to survive though. Mulder board! Murder board! Murder board!

  16. Sheldon Wiebe says:

    I was curious about What About Barb? and Spaced Out. Sad to see they didn’t make the cut.

  17. Lauren says:

    I have my fingers crossed for The Sackett Sisters