The Sackett Sisters Casey Wilson

NBC Boss Reveals Why Sackett Sisters Failed to Secure a Pickup

Sackett Sisters was in the right place at the wrong time.

The buzzy pilot failed to land a spot on NBC’s 2017-18 schedule despite boasting comedy heavyweights on screen (Busy Philipps and Casey Wilson played the titular sibs) and off (Tina Fey and Robert Carlock were among the EPs), and now we know why. According to Peacock chairman Robert Greenblatt, the project wasn’t at fault. NBC’s successful 2016-17 season was the problem. 

“We’re in a position of having an embarrassment of riches,” the exec tells TVLine. “We have a very crowded schedule. There were a couple other pilots I would’ve [ordered to series] had I had the real estate.”

NBC’s decision to renew six freshman series  — including breakout hit This Is Us and the death-defying cult fave Timeless — only exacerbated the logjam. “We’re bringing back more [new] shows, which we didn’t use to do,” Greenblatt notes. “We’d just dump everything and start fresh. But we wanted to bring back Trial & Error. We wanted to bring back Great News. All of these shows are coming back, and something [had to give] in the process.”

The single-camera comedy — penned by Fey’s onetime 30 Rock charge Luke Del Tredici — centered on two estranged sisters, Wilson’s Sutton and Philipps’ Mandy, who perform an act of public heroism and are forced to navigate the aftermath together.

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  1. JJ. says:

    still disappointed this didn’t make it to air, what an all star combination of tina fey, busy phillips, and casey wilson

  2. Christine says:

    And we get bull$hit like Young Sheldon and all these other throw away shows. I hope Netflix picks it up.

  3. Patrick says:

    This show felt like one whose premise could get very old, very quickly. Further, while both the actress are talented, they are most famous, and most successful, playing “grating” characters. Both of them seem like it would have the potential to become very alienating, very quickly.

  4. Jack says:

    So you say the project wasn’t at fault, but at the same time you think a second season of a little watched once-cancelled show (Timeless) or a show that dropped to a .6 by its second episode (Great News) are both stronger more viable candidates for your schedule. Yes, we can read between the lines.

  5. Haz says:

    Again with the embarrassment of riches line? They used that line when the Cruel Intentions reboot didn’t go to series.

  6. tybabb says:

    Everyone knows that not everything can be picked up, the question is why Mindy Kaling’s Champion and Seth Meyers’ A.P. Bio got picked up over it when this one had the most buzz. I reeeeeally don’t need another man-child comedy like Champion

  7. kort says:

    Yeah. It must be bad. Really bad. Of course he’d never say that.

  8. Maybe it’s a sign the TV gods should stop forcing Casey Wilson on us. How about that?

  9. Kreeds says:

    This was the pilot I was most looking forward to this year, still bummed they didn’t pick it up. Could they at least make it available to watch? I know some networks have done that in the past few years either putting online to watch for a limited time or airing on tv as a one-time special airing.

  10. lizzie says:

    These are two of the most annoying actresses around. I wouldn’t have watched the show, but I’m glad I won’t even have to sit through commercials for it.