This comedy buying spree is getting funny. Probably funnier than NBC’s sitcom lineup for next season will ever be. Wonder where all that development $$ is coming from. Did they save it during the Jeff Zucker days?
NBC Buys Single-Camera Comedy From Jerry Bruckheimer Television – by Nellie Andreeva (Deadline.Com)
NBC has put in development The B-Side, a single-camera comedy from Jerry Bruckheimer Television and writer Sheri Elwood, creator of the Canadian comedy series Call Me Fitz. The project, which has received a script commitment, centers on a thirty-something woman in a divorce-triggered life meltdown who reunites with her best friends from high school. Elwood is writing the script and will executive produce with Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman for Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros. TV. KristieAnne Reed will co-executive produce.
Bruckheimer TV got a head start this development season with a June pilot order at NBC for soapy thriller The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives.The B-Side is part of the company’s effort to establish a foothold in comedy after building up its TV brand in drama procedurals with such series as the CSI franchise and reality with perennial Emmy winner The Amazing Race. In addition to Call Me Fitz, which airs on HBO Canada and on DirecTV in the U.S., Elwood has worked on drama series FlashForward and Defying Gravity. She is with CAA and Madhouse Entertainment.
We don’t care how many cameras they use, or don’t use. What a sitcom needs is to be funny. We haven’t found anything Jerry Bruckheimer has done professionally to be funny. As for CALL ME FITZ, we’ve seen a few episodes and yes, the show is funny. But in the most Canadian of ways. Will that translate in the U.S.? Guess we’ll see.