NBC’s new comedy pilot, “The Gates”, has nabbed much sought after director Marc Buckland to take control of the series. “The Gates” was recently picked up by NBC from writers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith and given the green light to move forward. The series, which is based on the British series of the same name that premiered on Sky Living just this past August, is a comedy which will follow the playground politics that parents and teachers face on the twice daily school run. Set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off zone, the adults have to navigate the 15-minute social zoo at the beginning and end of the school day.
NBC has already lined up writers (Yuspa and Goldsmith), an executive producer (Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment) and are working with Laurence Bowen and Philip Clark of Feelgood Fiction – the UK production company behind the original series – and they have now successfully filled another role by securing Marc Buckland as director.
Buckland worked with NBC in the past when he directed “My Name Is Earl” for the network, and this will mark the return of what was an Emmy award winning combination the last time around. In fact, Buckland has a long history of working on pilots for NBC, having worked on “Grimm”, “Love Bites” and “Next Caller”, the last two of which were cancelled. It is too soon to say whether “The Gates” will bring Buckland and NBC any success, but hopefully Buckland can make the magic happen. It is a unique layout for a comedy series, as long as they can work to keep each episode fresh and not repetitive.