NBC’s comedy development for fall of 2012 was put into high gear today, as it picked up multiple pilots — one of which would return Roseanne Barr to her (with any luck) blue-collar best and another that fairs from the crazy head of Jimmy Fallon.
Barr will headline Downwardly Mobile, a project from former Roseanne scribe Eric Gilliland (and Barr, natch) that will have the comedienne playing the “proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy.” It’s a multi-camera sitcom from 20th Century Fox TV.
Meanwhile, Fallon is jumping into the comedy biz with an untitled comedy about three 30-something guys who “enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves.” (He’s the exec producer). There is also a pilot called Animal Kingdom, a single-camera workplace comedy from Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka about a “House-like veterinarian who loves animals but usually hates their owners.”
Another comedy pilot in the works for fall is Go On from Scott Silveri (Friends), which is about an “irreverent yet charming sportscaster who tries to move on from loss but reluctantly finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory group therapy session.” It, too, is a single-camera comedy.
Oh, but there are more: Friday Night Dinner is a comedy pilot from Greg Daniels (The Office) that’s based on a UK format about a “quirky family that has dinner together every Friday night.” Another one dubbed Next Caller Please is a single-camera gender comedy focusing on a “brash alpha male DJ and his new, plucky, feminist co-host set in the offices of a satellite radio station,” and yet another is from Hilary Winston about “a shy, focused woman — dumped by her fiance — who leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge.”
Last but not least, there is Daddy’s Girl, a pilot from Aaron Kaplan (Terra Nova) about a “young woman returns home from overseas to find her father is seriously dating the mean girl from her high school.”
There is no guarantee Barr — as well as the other projects — will have a place on NBC’s fall lineup. All have to pass the smell test this spring before the network announces its 2012-13 lineup to advertisers.