NBC orders comedy pilots from Rashida Jones and Casey Wilson
Rashida Jones may be leaving Parks and Recreation soon, but she’s keeping ties to NBC. The network has ordered A to Z, a romantic comedy pilot that is set at an online dating company and chronicles the life of a relationship from introduction to destruction. Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack will serve as executive producers, while Ben Queen (Cars 2) will write the pilot and executive-produce as well.
The Peacock also given a thumbs-up to another single-camera comedy pilot, The Mason Twins, which will be written and executive produced by Happy Endings star Casey Wilson and NTSF:SD:SUV:: actress June Rafael. The Mason Twins centers on fraternal twin sisters who reconnect following 15 years of estrangement; when one sibling’s perfect urban life falls to pieces, she returns home to the suburbs to discover that her sister never grew out of her teen-queen years. (The network apparently enjoys Happy Endings, as earlier this week it ordered Marry Me, a single-camera comedy pilot from Happy creator David Caspe, who is engaged to Wilson.)
On the drama front, NBC gave a pilot order to Coercion, which, like Showtime’s Homeland, is a CIA spy thriller based on an Israeli format (in this case, The Gordin Cell). The show follows a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst who doesn’t realize that his parents and sister belong to a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has been reactivated. George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum) will serve as writer, executive producer and director.