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'Community' Star Donald Glover Developing Comedy for NBC

The network is near a put-pilot commitment for the new project, loosely based on Glover's life.

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NBC is counting on Community star Donald Glover.

Glover, who plays Troy Barnes on the returning comedy series, is developing a new show for the network with 30 Rock executive producer Matt Hubbard, a source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project, said to be loosely based on Glover's life, is expected to be a starring vehicle for the actor, who served as a writer on 30 Rock from 2008-09. The show would be in second position to Community.

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NBC is near a deal for a put-pilot commitment with a large penalty, should the Universal Television-backed project not move on. Hubbard, who won an Emmy in 2009 for penning 30 Rock's "Reunion" episode, is said to have been hotly pursued. Executive producers also include Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.

Glover has been busy with non-Community activities, having toured with his musical act Childish Gambino, toplining comedy special Donald Glover Weirdo and appearing in 30 Rock's live episode last season.

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The news comes after NBC picked up Michael J. Fox's semi-autobiographical single-camera comedy straight to series.

TV Guide first reported the news.

Community returns for season four Oct. 19 on NBC.

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