It may not be a "D*** in a Box," but I'm sure Andy Samberg will appreciate it all the same – FOX has given its first pilot order of the winter season to a cop comedy starring the former Saturday Night Live performer.
From the Parks and Recreation team of co-creator/executive producer/showrunner Mike Schur and executive producer Dan Goor, the untitled single-camera comedy is set in a police precinct on the fringes of New York City and follows the diverse group of detectives that work there, headed by Samberg's character.
Already a strong contender for a pilot order, the project had a substantial penalty attached as a result of its deal with FOX, which emerged victorious from a fierce bidding war among the networks over the summer and awarded it a pilot production commitment. In October, the comedy landed Samberg in the lead role and last month was one of the very few potential pilots to be granted permission to hire a casting director and begin the casting process, so the writing was on the wall for the project to move to the next stage.
In addition to their writing duties, Schur and Goor will serve as executive producers along with David Miner, while Samberg will also produce. Samberg has worked with Schur and Goor previously when he guest starred on Parks and Recreation in 2010. After seven years on SNL, Samberg ended his run on the long-running sketch comedy series last May.
If this series is more in line with Parks and Recreation, I could see it being pretty funny and developing a following due to Andy Samberg's popularity. What do you think?