NBC Lands Sought-After Director for Comedy Pilot

Dec 6, 2012  •  Post A Comment

NBC has secured the services of a sought-after director to helm the pilot for a recently picked-up single-camera comedy, Deadline.com reports.

The pilot for “The Gates,” from writers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV, will be directed by Marc Buckland, the piece reports.

“The project, which was given an early green light, is based on the British series of the same name that premiered on Sky Living in August,” Deadline reports. “It is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off and revolves around the parents, school staff and 15-minute social minefield they have to navigate at the beginning and end of each school day.”

Yuspa and Goldsmith will executive produce along with Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan and Laurence Bowen and Philip Clarke of Feelgood Fiction, which is behind the original U.K. series.

“’The Gates’ reunites Buckland with NBC and 20th TV, the network and studio behind the comedy ‘My Name Is Earl,’ whose pilot Buckland directed, winning an Emmy,” the story reports. “ICM Partners-repped Buckland has a long history at NBC. The last three broadcast pilots he directed were also all for NBC and all went to series: ‘Grimm,’ ‘Love Bites’ and ‘Next Caller.’ He recently completed USA’s comedy pilot ‘Paging Dr. Freed.’”

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