Larry Charles sets up NBC project
Busy writer-director also working on Fox pilot, Sony comedyTop comedy writer-director Larry Charles is returning to broadcast television with a semi-scripted project at NBC produced by McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision and Warner Bros. TV.
Additionally, Charles is reworking the script for Fox's comedy pilot "Boldly Going Nowhere" alongside the project's creators, the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" trio of Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton.
Early this year, Fox ordered a new pilot for the sci-fi comedy set on an intergalactic spaceship.
Charles also is working on a comedy project starring "Curb Your Enthusiasm" standout J.B Smoove. The Sony TV-produced ensemble comedy, set at a moving company, will be shopped to cable networks.
Charles is penning and directing the untitled NBC project, which has received a production order for a presentation that will serve as a prototype of what the show would be.
Set in a small town, the ensemble comedy revolves around a disparate group of people who find a unique way to exercise their creativity by making episodes of their favorite show after its end.
"Our show is a show about us, depicting contemporary American life through the prism of a do-it yourself homemade aesthetic that will mix mediums to produce a modern mosaic of triumphs glories and absurdities that we all experience and recognize," Charles said.
He executive produces the comedy with McG and Peter Johnson.
"I have been a fan of Larry's for many years, and I am humbled by the opportunity to work with him," McG said.
The pact brings Charles back to NBC where he was a key writer-producer on "Seinfeld," earning two Emmys for his work on the show. He also served as showrunner on NBC's "Mad About You" during the height of the show's success.
In the past several years, Charles has worked primarily in features and in cable, becoming one of the leading writer-directors of semi-scripted comedies. He is a longtime director-producer of HBO's "Curb," for which he has received multiple DGA Award and Emmy nominations. He also directed the feature comedies "Borat" and "Bruno" starring Sacha Baron Cohen as well as Bill Maher's feature documentary "Religulous."
Charles, who served as executive producer-director of HBO's "Entourage" in its first two seasons, is repped by WME, which also reps Wonderland, and attorney Melanie Cook.
The Larry Charles comedy is among several projects Wonderland has in the works this development season, along with the Danny Comden comedy "The Intruders" at Fox, Scott Rosenbaum's sci-fi Western, also at Fox, and "Clive Barker's Hotel" at ABC.