Thursday, 12 January 2017

Pilot Season 2017: HOT Comedies

ABC



Libby & Malcolm - From Kenya Barris (Black-Ish) ad co-starring Felicity Huffman (American Crime, Desperate Housewives) it already has a pilot order. 

Untitled Jeremy Bronson Project - Single-camera comedy about a struggling hip-hop artist who runs for mayor to promote his mixtape... and wins. This almost sounds like a sure bet due to the political aspect and the chance to increase diversity. However, the project does sound a little off-brand for ABC.

Charlie Foxtrot - Produced in house and produced by Aaron Kaplan, the pilot is very on brand and would pair well with The Goldbergs.

Joe 2.0 - About a modern African-American man who uses pop culture moments to tell his story.

The Escape - A good ol' father and son comedy from Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The Last Man on Earth, Son of Zorn) The pilot is on-brand, and the father-figure/son combo harks to the critically acclaimed film Manchester by the Sea.

Untitled Carol Burnett Project - It is the only multi-camera project on ABC's development slate which is produced by ABC Studios. After the huge ratings boost Last Man Standing had on its first airing this year, I'm sure ABC would love to repeat that success with a show they own. Plus, Carol Burnett is on par with Tim Allen in terms of star power.

CBS



Sheldon - Single-camera spin-off of the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory has been described as a new version of Malcolm in the Middle. A pilot order is inevitable.

Untitled Chris Distefano Project - Multi-camera/hybrid comedy about two families, one Italian and one Peurto who merge to raise a newborn. CBS needs to increase diversity on the network and this rather simple concept would help them do that. 

Me, Myself and I - High concept single-camera comedy examines one man's life over the span of 50 years in the same vein as the movie Boyhood. Hit drama This Is Us also explores an extensive timeline and has proven to resonate with both critics and audiences. I would not be surprised if this show scored a pilot order.

FOX




Thin Ice - Set in Antartica and created by New Girl auspice Liz Meriweather has already been ordered to pilot.

Turned On - Fox loves their high-concept comedies and Turned On is no exception, It follows a brilliant but awkward engineer who creates an android who spirals out of control.

Ghosted - See above + supernatural elements = winner?

Untitled Wrestling Comedy - Executive produced by former WWE wrestler Dwayne Johnson is HOT. 

NBC





Action Land - workplace comedy set at an amusement park would be a good companion to Superstore AND is produced by Matt Hubbard (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Mike Schur (The Good Place, The Office).

The Sackett Sisters - Produced by Tina Fey.  

Spaced Out - workplace comedy set in the world of space travel. NBC previously tried to launch (pun not intended) a space themed comedy (Mission Control) maybe Spaced Out will be the one to take off? Plus it's r=produced by Bill Lawrence.

The Baby - Executive produced by Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation), which makes it a sure bet for a pilot order (at least). While Old Soul and Dumb Prince failed, The Baby may succeed. It is revolves around the youngest member of an organised crime family.

Untitled Kourtney Kang Comedy - Executive produced by Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off The Boat), this show also explores diversity in America, It is based on Kang's life and shows what its like to be the only girl in a mixed race family in Philadelphia. 

Untitled Mindy Grandy/Kailing Comedy - NBC loves keeping their old collaborators in the mix. The Mindy Project was originally housed at NBC before moving to Fox and then Hulu. Plus, Mindy wrote several episodes of The Office back in the day.



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