Over the past few months, NBC has purchased a handful of pilots that may or may not air, and even if they do, nothing is ever guaranteed. Yesterday the Peacock network was at it again when they picked up a total of 10 promising pilots, including eight comedies.
The comedies include Greg Daniels’ (who adapted The Office) adaptation of Friday Night Dinner, a British comedy about a peculiar family who has a traditional dinner every week. Another project with a big name attached is an untitled show helmed by Jimmy Fallon. While he will not star, Fallon will executive produce the show about three young fathers who haven’t quite grown up themselves just yet.
Roseanne Barr’s return to scripted television, Downwardly Mobile, has also received the green light, as has Go On, a show about an irrelevant sportscaster and a veterinary comedy titled Animal Kingdom.
Three more freshly announced comedies, Daddy’s Girl, Next Caller Please and an untitled project from Hilary Winston were also picked up late last night.
NBC has also picked up two dramas that fit the traditional mold a little better than previous efforts. Chicago Fire will be an action-driven drama centered on the Chicago Fire Department, while County will take the network back to its roots a la E.R. and showcase the lives of doctors in a county hospital.