January 23, 2012 5:38pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Comedies from 'Happy Endings' Writer, 'Weeds' Producer, Jimmy Fallon, 'Office' Creator A Go at NBC
NBC is continuing to greenlight pilots, moving forward with five additional projects from Jimmy Fallon and the talent behind Happy Endings, Weeds, Friends and The Office.
Daddy's Girl hails from 20th Television and Kapital Entertainment and revolves around a young woman who returns home from overseas to find her father in a serious relationship with the "mean girl" from her high school. Friends producer Dana Klein will write and executive produce the multicamera project alongside Terra Nova's Aaron Kaplan.
Weeds producer Stephen Falk will executive produce Next Caller Please, a single-camera gender comedy revolving around a brash alpha male DJ and his feminist co-host set in the office of a satellite radio station. Like Weeds, the project hails from Lionsgate TV.
Happy Endings scribe Hilary Winston will executive produce and pen an untitled single-camera comedy from Sony Pictures Television focused on a shy and focused woman who leans on her co-workers in a bid to come out of her shell and plot revenge after being dumped by her fiancé. Jamie Tarses will exec produce alongside Winston.
The untitled Jimmy Fallon project revolves around three thirtysomething guys who enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact that they haven't grown up themselves. Fallon and Amy Ozols will executive produce the multicamera comedy alongside Charlie Grandy, who will pen the Universal Television/Holiday Road project.
Fifth, the network is moving forward with its adaptation of British series Friday Night Dinner with The Office creator Greg Daniels. NBC has given a pilot order to the single-camera project, which was created by Robert Popper and revolves around the Goodmans, a traditional Jewish family, as they observe Shabbat dinners in which twentysomething brothers Adam and Jonny visit their parents. Daniels will pen the project and executive produce alongside Howard Klein. The project hails from Universal Television and Big Talk Television.
The comedy premiered in February on Channel 4, with a second season commissioned in March. The comedy, from Big Talk Productions, airs stateside on BBC America. The project would be Daniels’ second British adaptation.
The orders come the same day that the fourth-place network greenlighted five other projects, including dramas from Jason Katims and Dick Wolf and Roseanne Barr's Downwardly Mobile comedy, among others.