Marking the first television project for Jason Bateman's Aggregate Films production banner, NBC has purchased a new single-camera comedy set in the 1980s.
Entitled Then Came Elvis, the project is loosely based on executive producer DJ Nash's life as it centers on a family that finally unites after the parents divorce. Told from the son's perspective as an adult, Then Came Elvis explores how he would have changed everything about his life at the age of 13, but looking back years later, he realizes he wouldn't have changed anything at all.
Formed by TV and film star Jason Bateman, Aggregate Films was launched in January with two-year first-look deals at Universal Pictures and Universal TV. While this is the first small-screen project for the company, Aggregate has a few big-screen irons in the fire, including the comedy Identity Thief—starring Bateman and Melissa McCarthy—and Bad Words, which will serve as Bateman's directorial debut.
Then Came Elvis is not to be confused with How The F--- Am I Normal, another '80s-themed autobiographical comedy being developed by Adam F. Goldberg at ABC. That show is described as a dysfunctional Wonder Years, set in simpler times, about growing up in the '80s with a highly screwed up but loving family.
Man, Freaks And Geeks was years ahead of its time. Let's hope that these retro projects possess the same level of quality and detail, and if so, that they are given a chance to find an audience. Is that possible?