Rob Lowe's imminent 'Parks and Recreation' departure next week doesn't mean we've seen the last of him on our television screens.
NBC has officially ordered a pilot for a single-camera comedy starring Lowe, who will also co-executive produce, alongside Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory ('The Larry Sanders Show'). Huyck and Gregory will write the pilot, and Todd Holland ('Malcolm in the Middle') will direct.
As we previously reported, Lowe's new comedy is called 'The Pro,' and will be set at a country club, with Lowe playing an ex-tennis doubles champion who reunites with his former partner after a public feud that leaves both of them floundering in life. After bottoming out, Lowe's character is forced to charm his way back up the ladder.
There is no news yet as to who will play the actor's bitter rival, though we're anxious to see who will battle it out with the former Brat Packer. Though he's a fan favorite on 'Parks,' this will be Lowe's first time taking the lead in a sitcom, and his first time helming a show since 2004's ill-fated 'Dr. Vegas.' Hopefully 'The Pro' has a brighter future.
Next week's episode of 'Parks and Recreation' will be Lowe's last, as both he and co-star Rashida Jones are leaving the show. Their characters, Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins, are expecting a baby boy, and have decided to move away from Pawnee to start their lives together.
Though we'll miss Lowe on 'Parks,' this is LIT-ERALLY the best news we could have asked for.
Lowe isn't the only with exciting pilot news, as NBC has also ordered its first multi-camera comedy pilot, 'Lifesaver,' from writer Wil Calhoun. The odd couple comedy revolves around two polar opposites who become linked after one saves the other's life.