Fall TV Preview

Fall TV: America Ferrara, Carrie Preston, Mark-Paul Gosselaar Sitcoms Ordered to Series at NBC

Fall TV People Are Talking

On the heels of ordering three new dramas for the 2015-16 TV season, NBC has given a green light to three new sitcoms: The Mark-Paul Gosselaar-fronted People Are Talking, the America Ferrera workplace comedy Superstore and the Patrick Warburton-Carrie Preston family satire Crowded.

Starring Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash), Meaghan Rath (Being Human), Tone Bell (Bad Judge) and Bresha Webb (Grey’s Anatomy), the multi-cam project follows two diverse couples who are both neighbors and best friends. As they go through life side-by-side, they can’t help but analyze and obsess about everything — from topics like sex and race, to the fact that the trusted new babysitter might just be a porn star. DJ Nash (Growing Up Fisher) penned the pilot and will executive-produce alongside Will Packer (Ride Along) and pilot director Pam Fryman (How I Met Your Mother).

In Superstore, Ugly Betty-alum Ferrera and Mad Men‘s Ben Feldman are part of  a unique family of employees at a super-sized megastore. From the bright-eyed newbies and the seen-it-all veterans to the clueless summer hires and in-it-for-life managers, together they hilariously tackle the day-to-day grind of rabid bargain hunters, riot-causing sales and nap-worthy training sessions. Justin Spitzer (The Office) penned the pilot and will serve as an EP.

Crowded, from Hot in Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin, centers on empty nesters Mike (Warburton) and Martina (Preston) who are finally reclaiming their wild side when both of their two grown daughters unexpectedly move back in. What’s more, Mike’s parents scratch their plans to spend their golden years in Florida, making for an even fuller house.

Earlier this week, NBC ordered to series the dramas Chicago Med, Blindspot and Heartbreaker. The network also previously ordered a 13-episode Coach revival.


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  1. Dean says:

    20 bucks it gets canned.

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    If NBC can find a breakout sitcom out of the gate in the years to come, who knows.

  3. luke says:

    I have an idea, which I personally guarantee will be a success idea… who do I talk to? Can you guys get me in touch with someone at NBC?

  4. Nick says:

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar? I’m in!

  5. Sam says:

    I know this an NBC pick-up, but does ABC plan to renew any of their shows? I realize Paul Lee isn’t a master-scheduler given the horrible ratings, but veteran shows like Modern Family haven’t even been renewed. Are they waiting on his pink slip before revamping the entire schedule? I’m confused…

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Each network operates distinctly at Upfronts time. And NBC’s pilot orders are coming out first because NBC’s Upfront presentation is first (on Monday morning).

    • johnhelvete says:

      ABC renewed several of their show last year on this Thursday the week before upfronts, so it is possible that some of their renewals are announced sometime today.

    • Brian says:

      Modern Family has been renewed. Sophia Vegara was on Howard Stern earlier this week and she said “We start filming season 7 in August.”

  6. herman1959 says:

    I’m going to try this because I loved Growing Up Fisher (cancelled because the TV world wasn’t ready for it). NBC should be able to get one sitcom right.

  7. ka says:

    Wow..a show about Chicago anything…that’s original. .first it was law and order then ncsi..now chicago..
    hello..Chicago was done already. Remember ER.

    • herman1959 says:

      Yes, Chicago was so fresh when ER started, but it’s stale now. They should set a show in Boston because the previousones set there were not actually filmed in the city.

  8. Luis says:

    When does Mario Lopez guest star?

    • Will says:

      um they need Tiffany-Amber Thiessen to guest star as Mark Paul’s ex-gf from high school.. I mean c’mon!

      • Bethany says:

        That would be awesome! I love mark Paul gossaeler on Saved by the Bell. I also loved how Tiffani and Zack on Saved By The Bell Dated. They were such a great couple.

  9. Steven says:

    Superstore sounds interesting and I’ll check out Crowded for Carrie Preston (who really should’ve joined The Good Wife full time).

  10. Erika says:

    These new sitcoms will be canceled due to low ratings.Its the end of an era for NBC comedy/sitcom shows.RIP NBC

  11. Joey Padron says:

    happy Mark-Paul’s new show got pickup.

  12. Ray says:

    Are these all multi cam?

  13. Weezy says:

    Wow every single one of these sounds nightmarish-ly awful…guess NBC is going to be making their big comeback next year.

  14. meatwad says:

    Tone Bell is funny so i’ll give People are Talking a shot. Warburton is hilarious so i’ll give Crowded a shot as well.

  15. Jennifer says:

    I will watch just about anything with Patrick Warburton. Might be funny. Looks to be a knock off of an old show though – Too Close for Comfort.

  16. Alice says:

    More sitcoms flops for NBC. People are talking… about how many shows will fail next season on NBC!

  17. LadyG says:

    Late to the party but I feel for Mark Paul Gosselaar. They should have renewed Franklin and Bash. All three sitcoms sound like they’ve been done before and not to successfully. I’d have watched the one with MPG if it sounded interesting. But it doesn’t.