NBC Picks up Comedy Pilots From Michael Schur, Sean Hayes

Peacock also orders project from “Roseanne” executive producer

Last Updated: January 26, 2018 @ 5:49 PM

NBC has given pilot orders to four multi-camera comedies, including projects from Peacock vets Sean Hayes and Michael Schur.

“Abby’s” comes from “The Good Place” creator Schur. The show centers around the titular Abby’s, an unlicensed bar in San Diego, where the regulars enthusiastically enforce a unique set of rules that give them a sense of community and allow them to avoid the frustrating behavior found at other establishments.

Josh Malmuth will write and executive produce, with Schur and David Miner also executive producing. Schur’s Fremulon banner, UTV and 3 Arts will produce.

“Like Family” is a comedy brought to you by “Will & Grace” star Hayes, about Aubrey and Artie, who formed the tightest of sibling-like bonds growing up together in foster care, but are discovering that such closeness makes adulthood even more complicated.

Suzanne Martin will act as writer and executive produces the project from Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills banner, along with Universal Television.

“So Close” is Hayes’ other deal with NBC this pilot season. The show revolved around hopeless romantics Riley and Kyle, who are at a crossroads in their separate lives. The two are close to settling for the wrong partner, unaware that they live only blocks apart and may be each other’s soul mates.

Greg Malins will write and executive produce the pilot from UTV, with Hayes and Milliner also on board as executive producers under Hazy Mills.

“Friends-in-Law” is a pilot from Second City alum Brian Gallivan and “Roseanne” executive producer Tom Werner. The comedy centers around Brian and Jake, polar opposites who must quickly figure out how to coexist when their respective best friends decide to get married.

Gallivan is a writer and executive producer on the project from Warner Bros. Television. Werner also executive produces.

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