NBC has added two single-camera comedy series to its 2012-13 television schedule, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed. The network has ordered the White House comedy "1600 Penn" and the veterinarian comedy "Animal Practice," adding a fourth and fifth new sitcom to the lineup, the story reports.
"1600 Penn" is described as a "Modern Family"-type show set in the White House, with the president played by Bill Pullman. Cast members include Jenna Elfman and "The Book of Mormon" Broadway star Josh Gad, while the script is written by "Modern Family" director Jason Winer and former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett, the story notes.
"Animal Practice" stars "Weeds" actor Justin Kirk as a vet who loves animals but hates their owners.
The latest shows join "Save Me," starring Anne Heche; "The New Normal" from "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy; the comedy "Go On," with Matthew Perry; and the drama "Revolution," from J.J. Abrams.
The pickups show that NBC is focusing on single-camera comedies, the format that has dominated its schedule since its last big multi-camera series, "Will & Grace," went off the air in 2006, Deadline.com notes.
"NBC was very bullish on the multicamera format earlier this pilot season, with 30% of its pilot orders going to traditional sitcoms," according to Deadline.com. "Despite being shut out today, multicamera comedies will still likely have some presence on NBC’s schedule next year. There are three multicamera pilots that are still in contention, with NBC expected to make a decision shortly."
One of those is the Jimmy Fallon-produced "Guys with Kids." If "Whitney" doesn’t get picked up, NBC might look to "Daddy’s Girls" or "Lady Friends" as a replacement, the story says.