NBC Orders Comedy Pilots from Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones

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Amy Poehler rashida jones Split - H 2016

NBC is bringing not one but two Parks and Recreation alums back into the fold.

The network has ordered comedy pilots from Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Poehler's untitled half-hour comedy project hails from writer Charlie Grandy (The Mindy Project, The Office) and centers on Karl, who, after years of partying that earned him the "black sheep" label in his royal family, returns home to compete with his brother for the family throne. Grandy will executive produce alongside Poehler and her Universal TV-based Paper Kite Productions topper Brooke Posch. 3 Arts' Dave Becky also will exec produce the comedy.   

Jones' ensemble multicamera comedy Good Fortune comes from writers Craig Gerard and Matt Zinman (Telenovela) and follows a hyperstructured young woman whose life is upended when she starts taking advice from a mysterious fortune teller. Gerard and Zinman will exec produce with Jones and her producing partner, Will McCormack. The duo's shingle Le Train Train will co-produce with 20th Century TV.

From writers and executive producers Jeff Astrof (The New Adventures of Old Christine) and Matt Miller (Forever), the serialized single-cam comedy The Trail follows a young big-city lawyer and his oddball defense team during a high-profile murder trial in a small Southern town. Barge Productions and Good Session Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. TV.

The pilot orders mark a homecoming for Poehler, who starred on Parks and Recreation for seven seasons, and Jones, who left the series midway through season six. Jones also exec produced the short-lived romantic comedy A to Z.

In addition to Broad City, which Poehler exec produces for Comedy Central, the Saturday Night Live veteran is an exec producer on The UCB Show, which airs on NBC's digital initiative Seeso, which launched earlier this month.

Miller also has history with NBC, having exec produced drama Las Vegas and action-comedy Chuck.

Thus far this development season, NBC has been aggressive with comedy orders from established players including Parks and Rec boss Mike Schur as well as Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (30 Rock). Schur has two comedies: A Good Place, which received a straight-to-series order, and a second project with 30 Rock alum Matt Hubbard that was picked up to pilot earlier this month along with the Fey-Carlock collaboration. Other comedy pilot pickups this month hail from Marlon Wayans and DC Comics.

In addition to returning half-hour Undateable and The Carmichael Show, the network has freshman comedies Telenovela, Superstore and the upcoming Crowded.