NBC Orders 8 Comedy Pilots From Roseanne, Fallon, ‘Friends’ Producers & More

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:35 pm,

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These past few years have been incredibly rough on NBC. Ever since the late night war of 2010, which left the network’s primetime line-up in complete disarray, NBC has been struggling to regain the confidence of the viewers it lost. And from the looks of this year’s comedy pilot orders, it appears that the network may be pulling out the big guns to do just that.

With 8 comedy pilot orders in total, NBC is attempting to further develop their already successful primetime comedy block by securing potential new series from some of the entertainment industry’s heavy hitters, including The Office (US) producer Greg Daniels, The Hangover Part II writer Scot Armstrong, Community producer Hilary Winston, Weeds producer Stephen Falk, Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon, two separate series from Friends producers Dana Klein and Scott Silveri, as well the “domestic goddess” herself, Roseanne Barr.

If picked up, Barr’s sitcom, entitled Downwardly Mobile, would mark the highly-anticipated full-time return of one of TV’s greatest to network television. While possibly attempting to replicate the success that ABC has had with Tim Allen’s new series Last Man Standing, there’s no doubt that NBC’s decision to order a pilot from Barr comes from some hard-learned televisual hindsight.

When Roseanne Barr and Matt Williams were developing Roseanne in the late 80s, they had originally approached NBC with the idea, in hopes of following in the footsteps of The Cosby Show. Unfortunately, NBC decided to pass on the series, which ABC eventually picked up. As Roseanne quickly became the number one show on television (averaging 18 million viewers per episode during its entire 9-year run), ABC soon bested NBC as the most watched network on television – a title that stuck for many (many) years.

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In regards to NBC’s pilot orders: The following descriptions are hardly enough to determine the potential success of these new shows. That being said, if you combine the synopses with the knowledge of who’s involved, and what they could bring to the project, there is more than one standout series in the bunch – and Barr’s Downwardly Mobile is definitely one of them.

Which series would you like to see on television?

You can take a look at all of NBC’s comedy pilot orders below:

Animal Kingdom

From: Scot Armstrong (The Hangover Part II)
Plot: A House-like veterinarian who loves the animals but hates their owners.
Who else is involved:
Brian Gatewood (The Sitter), Alex Tanaka (The Sitter), Ravi Nandan (Best Friends Forever)

Daddy’s Girl

From: Dana Klein (Friends)
Plot: A young woman returns home from overseas to find out that her father is dating the mean girl from her high school.

Downwardly Mobile

From: Roseanne Barr (Roseanne, The Jackie Thomas Show)
Plot: Roseanne stars as the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to all the characters who live there.
Who else is involved: Roseanne, Eric Gilliland (Roseanne, Mr. Sunshine), John Argent (Roseanne’s Nuts)

Friday Night Dinner (based on the UK series)

From: Greg Daniels (The Office)
Plot: A quirky family that has dinner every Friday night.
Who else is involved: Howard Klein (Friday Night Dinner (UK))

Go On

From: Scott Silveri (Friends)
Plot: An irreverent yet charming sportcaster tries to move on from a loss by finding solace in mandatory group therapy

Next Caller Please

From: Stephen Falk (Weeds)
Plot: A gender comedy focusing on a brash, alpha male DJ and his new plucky, feminist co-host.

Untitled Jimmy Fallon project

From: Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)
Plot: Three thirtysomething guys who enjoy the adventures of parenting even though they haven’t grown up themselves.
Who else is involved: Amy Ozols (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Charlie Grandy (The Office, Saturday Night Live)

Untitled Hilary Winston project

From: Hilary Winston (Community, Happy Endings)
Plot: A shy, focused woman who was just dumped by her fiancé. Her co-workers will not only help her come out of her shell, but also to plot her revenge.
Who else is involved: Jamie Tarses (Hawthorne, Happy Endings)

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Expect to hear which pilots receive a series order from NBC this May

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  1. It’s a shame that if some of these get made they’ll rack up better ratings than Community.

  2. The untitled jimmy fallon project sounds a lot like Man Up. And we all know how Man Up turned out.

    • The untitled jimmy fallon project sounds good to me, do you know the cast? It is very good, I can not wait to see it

  3. Of all of these, I’m sure NBC will run wild with Daddy’s Girl. The executives won’t cancel it no matter how low the ratings get. They’ll just switch the time slot and move it around on the schedule.

    Honestly though, all those titles (the actual show names) are pretty bad (Go On, Animal Kingdom, Next Caller Please, Daddy’s Girl, and Friday Night Dinner). Untitled Jimmy Fallon Project is probably the best show title, but I bet they don’t use it because it is too similar to Untitled Hilary Winston project. ;)

  4. Even more reasons to hate NBC. I’m still mad that they benched Community for ratings yet Community has a loyal and vocal audience.

    Makes no sense.

  5. These have FAIL written all over them. No Bueno pickups NBC.

  6. Is the sitcom Downwardly Mobile based around the Millie Banks character that Roseanne Barr played in My Name Is Earl, she ran Earl’s Trailer Park when he lived there (episode was called Made a Lady Think I Was God).

    • I was thinking that too when I read this article!

  7. boooooooooooooooooooooooo

  8. As manyhave said most of these sound terrible, and it sucks that they’ll be on over community…the best comedy on tv. One positive is perhaps NBC is going to have two comedy nights and community can go to the new one and finally get the ratings it deserves.

    Most of these really depend on who gets cast. Animal Kingdom could be watchable depending on whos playing the vet, especially if it kinda makes fun of brilliant Doctorow shows like house. The tenants of Rosannes show will dictate how that will do. Fallon’s show has been done before, but knowing his humor, if that gets the right guys it could be good. I think TJ Miller would do well on Fallon’s show.

    All the others are dumb or are too open ended to really comment on.

  9. I think TJ Miller would be good on Jimmy Fallon’s show

  10. Good, more shows to pair up with Whitney and that Chelsea show to further drive televisions already low standards into the ground.

  11. lol these sound like keepers.

  12. friday night dinner was very funny, the US version has a lot to live up to

  13. Unbelievable. They cancel Prime Suspect, and this is the best they could do. Unbelievable.

  14. The cast of Jimmy Fallon is really nice, all of them are humble, I hope it gets picked up!