For whatever reason, television producers have recently taken to navel-gazing, deciding to produce comedies starring, well... themselves. After the recent debut of 'Partners' on CBS, (which garnered the first and only F- grade review I've given on TVRage) a multi-camera comedy based on the real-life friendship of show creators and writers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, NBC has decided to turn nerdy producers' lives into laughs by pursuing 'Joe & Joe & Jane.'
In one of the most highly-competitive bidding wars of the year, NBC has landed the rights to the pilot episode of 'Joe & Joe & Jane,' a multi-camera comedy from Joe Wiseman and Joe Port. Deadline.com reports that the deal includes a series penalty, making the signing one of the most lucrative NBC deals and one of the biggest comedy deals of the season.
20th Century Fox has produced the 'Joe & Joe & Jane' pilot, continuing their relationship with Port and Wiseman. The pair have served as Executive Producers on the 20th Century Fox comedy 'The New Girl' and are now debuting their third new pilot in three seasons. 'Joe & Joe & Jane' follows up from 2011's single-camera FOX comedy pilot 'Family Album.' Prior to 'Family Album,' Port and Wiseman had some success culling humor from Port's real-life experiences with 'Rebounding,' a FOX pilot that starred Will Forte.
'Rebounding' took a semi-autobiographical approach from Port's life, so an autobiographical comedy based on both Port AND Wiseman, best buddies that they are, is a somewhat natural extension. Centered on Port, Wiseman, and Wiseman's spouse, 'Joe & Joe & Jane' isn't about a couple, but what the pair have dubbed a 'trouple.' A conflict-avoidant children’s book author named Joe is caught in an ongoing tug of war between two needy, flawed people: his wife Jane and his co-author/ best friend, also named Joe.
After two attempts at single-camera comedy, Port and Wiseman are now returning to the tried-and-tested multi-camera format, as the style regains popularity. The pair worked together initially on the multi-camera comedy series 'Just Shoot Me' and later continued their success with the single-camera comedy 'The Office.' As 'Joe & Joe & Jane' takes them back to the format they used in the 1990s, the trouple will be experiencing a homecoming of sorts on the set... a set that features characters and plots based on the trouple themselves.
This is all getting oddly Meta. I need to lie down.