January 15, 2014 4:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC Adds Comedy Pilots From Jason Katims, Will Ferrell, Dan Mazer
NBC is teaming with Will Ferrell, Dan Mazer and Jason Katims for three additional comedy pilots.
The network has handed out pilot orders to single-camera half-hours Love Is Relative, Mission Control and Ellen More or Less, marking its eight, ninth and 10th projects for 2014-15.
Love Is Relative hails from Borat and Bruno writer Dan Mazer and centers on a couple who start to see their marriage in a whole new way after her newly divorced brother moves in. The 20th Century Fox comedy hails from Good Humor TV and will be executive produced by Mazer, Tom Werner and Tom Lassally.
Mission Control, from Universal Television, comes from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's David Hornsby, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions. Set in 1962, it's described as a workplace ensemble in the tone of Anchorman that examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon.
Ellen More or Less (working title) is from writer/executive producer J.J. Philbin (New Girl) and will be produced by Jason Katims' (Parenthood) True Jack Productions via his overall deal with Universal Television. He and producing partner Michelle Lee will serve as executive producers on the project. The comedy centers on an average woman who, after losing 100 pounds, begins reinventing herself in life and love.
Should the comedy move forward, Philbin would join her husband, Mike Schur, Parks and Recreation showrunner, at the network. As for Katims, Ellen would mark his third series at the network should Parenthood and upcoming comedy About a Boy be picked up for additional seasons.
They join a pilot roster that includes Casey Wilson's Mason Twins, David Caspe's Marry Me and the Kate Walsh-starrer Bad Judge, which also hails from Gary Sanchez Productions.