NBC Orders Ryan Seacrest Comedy Project That Started Out at ABC THR
Ryan Seacrest has sold a comedy to NBC that was originally developed for ABC in 2001, about a female daytime talk producer who deals with love and life in New York City, The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports.
The project was originally written by the late Judy Toll of "Sex and the City" and Cynthia Greenberg. Toll, who died at the age of 44 in 2002 after a battle with melanoma, was a Groundlings alum who often featured her own search for romance in her work, the story says.
The project, "Me and My Needs," was produced as a pilot for ABC in 2001, with Greenberg and Toll executive producing with Gene Stein and Nina Wass.
"Sources tell THR that Wass and Stein decided to revive 'Me and My Needs' as a way to honor Toll's memory after initially balking at the idea when a network executive approached them about it a few years ago," the story notes.
"NBC's take -- which has received the blessing and support of Toll's family -- will see its central character be more focused on Toll's unique brand of comedy rather than the heavy workplace emphasis of the 2001 pilot," the piece adds.
Wass, who is now executive vice president of programming at Ryan Seacrest Productions, will executive produce the new version of the project, the story notes. Also executive producing will be Seacrest, among others.