NBC Passes on Variety Show From Former 'SNL' Performer THR
NBC has decided not to go forward with a variety project from a former performer on "Saturday Night Live." The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the decision comes after the network gave the sketch show from David Koechner a pilot order.
Koechner is also known for playing Todd Packer on NBC's “The Office."
The untitled variety sketch show was to have starred Koechner, who was also on board to executive produce. It was one of two variety shows under consideration by NBC, the other one being a project from “Saturday Night Live” alum Maya Rudolph. Rudolph's variety special is set to air May 19, and is seen as a test run for a potential series.
“NBC has been looking to experiment with alternative forms of comedy outside of the sitcom. The network in recent years has struggled with scripted comedy, most recently failing to return a freshman half-hour series for a second year,” the piece notes.
The only comedy to receive a renewal for the 2014-15 season so far is “Parks and Recreation,” with many of NBC's new comedy shows struggling this season, such as “The Michael J. Fox Show” and “Sean Saves the World.”