NBC Picks Up Comedy Projects From Ellen DeGeneres, Jason Bateman Deadline
NBC has picked up two new comedy projects. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the network is moving ahead with the single-camera pilot "Two to Go," from Universal TV and studio-based David Janollari Entertainment and Jason Bateman's Aggregate.
"Written/co-exec produced by Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley ('The Hard Times of RJ Berger,' which Janollari developed and launched at MTV), 'Two to Go' centers on longtime best friends Kurt and Laura, who grapple with the challenges of modern-day dating while their group of friends try and prove that they are destined to be together," Andreeva writes. "Janollari, Bateman and Jim Garavente executive produce. This is Janollari’s second pilot at NBC, joining drama 'Salvation.' Aggregate has upcoming NBC comedy series 'Growing Up Fisher.'"
The other project, from Ellen DeGeneres, features a lesbian lead, and comes 16 years after DeGeneres came out on her ABC comedy, Andreeva points out.
"NBC has given a pilot order to a multicamera comedy executive produced by DeGeneres," the piece reports. "The project, titled 'One Big Happy,' is written/exec produced by openly gay comedy scribe Liz Feldman ('2 Broke Girls'). In it, a gay (woman) and straight (man) best friends decide to have a baby together, but things get complicated when the man finds the love of their life."
"One Big Happy" comes from Warner Bros. TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production, with Jeff Kleeman of A Very Good Production also exec producing.
Andreeva notes: "Feldman previously worked for two years on DeGeneres’ hit syndicated talk show and wrote for DeGeneres’ first stint as Oscar host. (DeGeneres is back on Oscar duty on March 2)."