NBC's 'IT' could be out
EmptyNBC might be pulling the plug on the midseason comedy "The IT Crowd."
The network made headlines in May by not putting a single new comedy series on its fall schedule for the first time in 30 years and by ordering only one new half-hour series, "IT," for midseason.
The hybrid multi-/single-camera "IT," from Universal Media Studios and "American Idol" producer FremantleMedia North America, is an ensemble comedy set in an IT department that stars Joel McHale and Rocky Carroll. Despite being based on a British format, which is the forte of new NBC chief Ben Silverman and his top lieutenant Teri Weinberg -- who, as producers at Reveille, developed a string of British comedy format adaptations, including NBC's Emmy-winning "The Office" -- they didn't quite spark to "IT," sources said. The series hasn't gone into production, though a couple of scripts have been written.
Despite "IT's" possible demise, NBC still could avoid a total new comedy drought this season. The network is casting the half-hour pilot "Kath & Kim," a Reveille/UMS adaptation of the hit Australian comedy. It also is redeveloping the Reveille/UMS comedy pilot "Zip."
Meanwhile, two of the "IT" creators/executive producers, Moses Port and David Guarascio, have another new series, the CW's fall entry "Aliens In America." "IT's" other co-creators/executive producers are Joe Wiseman and Joe Port.