NBC Orders Comedy Pilot for Female-Centered ‘What About Bob?’ Adaptation

Original 1991 film starred Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss

Last Updated: January 25, 2017 @ 12:15 PM

NBC has ordered a pilot for a new comedy series based on the classic 1991 comedy film “What About Bob?” that will feature a female lead, TheWrap has learned.

In the series, “What About Barb?, a psychotherapist tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process. The single camera comedy will be executive produced and written by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman. ABC Studios is producing.

In the original film, Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss played the role of Dr. Leo Marvin while Bill Murray played the patient, Bob Wiley. Frank Oz directed the film, which also starred Julie Haggerty and Charlie Korsmo.

Wiseman and Port are frequent collaborators, having served as consulting producers on recent comedies such as “The Odd Couple,” “Last Man Standing,” and a co-executive producers on “New Girl.”

Other NBC comedy pilot orders thus far include an untitled Kourtney Kang project, based on Kang’s own life growing up in a mixed race family in a suburb of Philadelphia. Seth Meyers and Lorne Michaels will also produce a pilot about an Ivy League professor who is forced to take a job as a high school biology teacher.

Finally, NBC has given a 10-episode order to a revival of the classic sitcom “Will & Grace,” with the entire main cast returning.