NBC has placed pilot orders for two comedy projects in development, one from Parenthood's Jason Katims and one from New Girl's Joe Port and Joe Wiseman.
Back in September, we reported that NBC was developing a half-hour comedy entitled About A Boy, based on the 1998 novel written by Nick Hornby and the 2002 film adaptation that starred Hugh Grant. Written and executive produced by the Emmy Award-winning Jason Katims, the story follows the relationship between a bachelor manchild and the young boy who moves in next door with his kooky single mother. The project has now been granted a pilot order, advancing further than the last attempt to develop About A Boy as a comedy series. In 2003, FOX ordered a presentation that would star Patrick Dempsey in the lead role, but declined to pick it up. This also marks the second consecutive pilot for Katims at NBC, following last season's medical drama County.
Last October, the Peacock network made a pilot production commitment with a seven-figure penalty to a semi-autobiographical relationship comedy from Port and Wiseman, entitled Joe, Joe and Jane. The half-hour multi-camera project is loosely based on the relationship between Port, Wiseman, and Wiseman's wife and revolves around a conflict-avoidant children's book author who finds himself caught in an ongoing tug-of-war between two needy, flawed people in his life: his wife and his best friend, who also happens to be his co-author. Get ready to groan: "It's not about a couple, it's about a trouple." Joe, Joe and Jane is the third consecutive half-hour pilot order for Port and Wiseman, following the single-camera comedies Rebounding and Family Album, both of which were set up at Fox.
I had a feeling that About A Boy would go to pilot because of its broad appeal and a built-in fan base that remembers the movie. Are you looking forward to either of these projects?