It looks like NBC really wants its funny to be taken seriously again. The Peacock network has ordered two additional comedy pilots: a remake of the 1986 comedy 'The Money Pit,' and an ensemble comedy from 'Grey's Anatomy' executive producer, Mark Gordon.
'The Money Pit' sitcom is inspired by the movie that starred Tom Hanks and Shelley Long back when Hanks wasn't the movie idol he is now, and when Long thought she could dump her friends back at 'Cheers' (an NBC sitcom, FYI) for a film career. The film itself was based on the 1948 film, 'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.' The pilot will revolve around a newlywed couple and the ups and downs they face when it comes to romance and trying to restore their dream house. Justin Spitzter from NBC's 'The Office' will write, as well as executive-produce.
The ensembly comedy, 'Fifth Wheel,' sounds like every single woman's worst nightmare (or so pop culture likes to believe). The comedy centers on a close group of friends, in particular the single lady of the group, who must deal with her "reality" when the last of her single friends becomes engaged. It's like the last few seasons of 'Friends,' with Joey standing in for this "relationship-challenged" woman.
Besides these two comedies, NBC has also ordered 10 single-camera pilots and straight-to-series and one multi-camera pilot.