NBC orders 'Office'-like comedy, 'Inception'-style drama
NBC made four more pilot pickups, including a couple intriguing titles with similar overtones to major hits.
First up, NBC ordered Free Agents as a cast-contingent pilot from Party Down‘s John Enbom, a workplace single-camera comedy about two quirky co-workers (at a Hollywood talent agency, no less — now that’s how you get power players to relate to your script). Both are on the rebound from relationships, one from a divorce and the other from the loss of a fiancé. Like The Office, it’s based on a British comedy.
Next, Lone Star creator Kyle Killen has sold what’s described as an “Inception-style” drama to the network. REM is a “procedural hybrid which follows the simultaneous and parallel lives of a detective who can not let go of any aspect of his fractured family after a horrible car accident.” BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHM…
Obviously, REM is a bold idea for broadcast. And what’s interesting is that NBC has been scaling back on the so-called “confusing” time-shifting employed in The Event.
NBC also picked up an untitled project from Dan Goor, one of the producers of Parks and Recreation. The concept is about a young doctor who “joins his parents’ medical practice and spends as much time tending to his family as to his patients.”
Also, Love Lives, a multi-camera comedy from Chris Sheridan (Family Guy), described as “a sophisticated and adult multi-camera comedy about two couples and their challenges of love and infidelity.”