NBC needs a lot of shows to fill holes in its lineup, so it’s ordering a lot of pilots. Like, 10-in-one-day a lot.
The network has given the green light to a pair of drama projects and a whopping eight comedies, including the three we told you about on Monday (Jan. 23). The two dramas come from producers with long-standing relationships with the network — “Parenthood”/”Friday Night Lights” executive producer Jason Katims and “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf. The comedies include pilots produced by Jimmy Fallon and “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” exec producer Greg Daniels, Deadline reports.
Katims’ project is a medical drama called “County,” about the staff of a county hospital in Los Angeles. Jason Ritter, who currently has a recurring part on “Parenthood,” is attached to star. Wolf’s company is producing “Chicago Fire,” about the men and women of the Chicago Fire Department, from writers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Wanted”).
The other comedies, per Deadline:
– Daniels is writing and exec producing an adaptation of the British family comedy “Friday Night Dinner.” David Koechner is in talks to play one of the lead roles.
– Another “Office” veteran, Charlie Grandy, is writing an untitled comedy about three guys in their 30s who are all new dads. Fallon is an executive producer.
– “Friends” veteran Dana Klein is writing “Daddy’s Girl,” about a young woman who comes home from overseas to discover her father is dating her high-school nemesis. Klein is also exec producing with Aaron Kaplan (“Terra Nova”).
– “Community” writer-producer Hilary Winston is penning a show about a woman who gets dumped by her fiance and plots revenge with the help of her co-workers.
– “Next Caller Please,” from “Weeds” scribe Stephen Falk, is set at a satellite radio station and revolves around the clash between a male DJ and his new, female co-host.