NBC is setting up a new pilot deal for a rising comedian. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the project with Jerrod Carmichael comes after his earlier presentation at the network missed the cut in the last development season.
Andreeva writes: “I hear the network is finalizing a deal for a new pilot, which is eyeing a quick turnaround, with NBC getting a short window after that to pick up the project to series. The presentation, based on Carmichael’s life and comedy, has been one of the surprises of this pilot season, playing very well at NBC despite its shorter length, smaller budget and lack of stars."
Carmichael, who appeared in this year's Seth Rogen movie “Neighbors,” has also signed a deal to star in a stand-up special directed by Spike Lee that will air on HBO. That project has already been taped and appears poised to premiere in fall, the report notes.
The NBC project features Carmichael as an optimist who “is eager to take on the world, but is too busy taking on everyone and everything in his small corner of it,” the story says.