May 7, 2012

THE SKED: NBC Is Still Picking Up




NBC’s early pick-up spree continued late today with orders for 2 more sitcoms in addition to the previously ordered Go On, Save Me and The New Normal.

The more high-concept entry is 1600 PENN, a single camera family comedy from 20th Television whose twist is that the main characters are the First Family.  The show is co-written by former White House speechwriter Jon Levitt with Josh Gad (familiar to anyone who’s seen The Book of Mormon), who also stars in the series as the President’s son.  Bill Pullman plays the President, with Jenna Elfman as First Lady  


Also picked-up is Animal Practice, another single-camera half-hour.  This one, hailing from Universal Television (NBC’s in-house studio), stars Justin Kirk (does this mean he won’t return if Weeds is renewed again?) as a vet who prefers his patients to their owners, and Tyler Labine is also in the cast.  The pilot was written by the team of Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka, who wrote the (not-great) Jonah Hill vehicle The Sitter last year–this is their first TV show, so not clear if a more experienced showrunner will also be added.

It’s also rumored that 30 ROCK will get a Fringe-ish final season order of 13 episodes or so, with similar orders possible for PARKS & RECREATION and/or COMMUNITYUP ALL NIGHT and WHITNEY are apparently still possibilities to come back, with the former much more likely than the latter.  No one is even talking about ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? which probably means that it’s dead.

The Upfront fun is just starting–stay with SHOWBUZZDAILY for full coverage and analysis



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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."