NBC Developing Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy Set in Alaska (Exclusive)

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NBC is going north for its latest comedy project.

The network is developing a single-camera show set in Alaska, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled project comes from creator Blake McCormick (Single Parents) and 20th Century Fox TV, where McCormick has an overall deal.

The show, which currently has a script commitment, would follow a "meek and modest" man from Los Angeles who travels to remote, small-town Alaska to claim a mysterious inheritance after the death of his estranged uncle.

The Alaska setting is reminiscent of the 1990s CBS dramedy Northern Exposure, a revival of which is in development at the network.

McCormick, a co-executive producer on ABC's first-year comedy Single Parents, is the second writer from that series to land a project at NBC this development season. Supervising producer Sarah Tapscott is writing a romantic comedy for the network (which also comes from 20th Century Fox).

McCormick developed and executive produced the TV adaptation of Rush Hour that ran on CBS in 2015. His other credits include Ghosted, Cougar Town and King of the Hill. He is repped by UTA, Kaplan Perrone and Morris Yorn.

The Alaska project joins an NBC comedy development roster for 2019-20 that includes potential shows from Saturday Night Live mainstay Kenan ThompsonWill Arnett, who is adapting the British restaurant comedy Whites with writer Matt Tarses; and Lorne Michaels and Meg Ryan, who are teaming for a possible starring vehicle for Ryan.