NBC has ordered three new pilots from Universal Television. From producers behind “Hot in Cleveland,” “Mad TV” and “The Office,” they center on employees of a big box store, empty-nesters and a neighborhood blogger.
From Universal and writers/excecutive producers Steven Cragg (“Mad TV”) and Brian Bradley (“Scrubs”), with executive producer David Janollari (“Six Feet Under”), comes single-cam comedy “How We Live.” It follows an anthropologist blogger who moves to the suburbs with his wife and quickly discovers the fascinating habitat and mating rituals of a new undiscovered species: his suburban friends and neighbors.
An untitled multi-cam comedy comes from Universal TV and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills (“Hot in Cleveland,” “Grimm”). Written and executive produced by Suzanne Martin (“Hot in Cleveland,” “The Soul Man”), the multi-generational family comedy follows as things backfire on recent empty-nesters when their two adult daughters move back home.
Single-cam comedy “Superstore” comes from Universal and The District. Executive produced by Justin Spitzer (“The Office”), Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”) and David Bernad (“Enlightened”), “Superstore” follows a group of employees at a big box store who quickly learn that there’s much more to their ho-hum jobs – like love, friendship, and the surprises of everyday moments – than they thought.
NBC will be looking to beef up its comedy slate after canceling “Bad Judge” and “A to Z” earlier this season. “About a Boy” is also on the bubble.