9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Office' Producers, Jon Favreau Sell Divorce Comedy to NBC
The Office producers are lining up their next gig.
NBC has given script orders to a comedy about a divorced father from Warren Lieberstein and writing partner Halsted Sullivan, with Jon Favreau on board to produce.
The untitled project, which hails from Universal Television, centers on a divorced father with shared custody of his 5-year-old daughter who moves into a building full of singles and is tasked with balancing his dating life and parenthood.
Lieberstein, the younger brother of The Office's Paul Lieberstein and showrunner Greg Daniels' brother-in-law, will pen the project with longtime writing partner Sullivan, with Favreau and Karen Gilchrist on board to executive produce the effort for Fairview.
Lieberstein and Sullivan, whose credits also include Carpoolers, joined The Office at the end of the NBC comedy's fifth season and have been part of the writing staff that picked up two Emmy nominations for outstanding comedy series and three WGA Awards in the same category.
With the long-running comedy ending its run after the upcoming ninth season, many members of the series have begun lining up additional projects. Co-executive producer Justin Spitzer has sold to NBC an ensemble comedy script about a group of friends whose lives change on the way to a destination wedding.
For Favreau, the project marks his latest push into television. In addition to directing the pilot for J.J. Abrams' upcoming NBC drama Revolution, he had the half-hour comedy Tweaked set up at CBS last year as well as Ex-Comm, a sci-fi White House procedural set up at ABC.
Lieberstein and Sullivan are repped by CAA; Favreau is with CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.