NBC Orders Rob Lowe Comedy, Odd Couple Entry From 'Friends' Alum

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NBC has picked up its 12th and 13th comedy projects in contention for the 2014-15 broadcast season.

The network on Thursday handed out pilots order to Lifesaver, a multicamera comedy from Friends alum Wil Calhoun, and The Pro, starring Rob LoweThe Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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From Universal Television, Calhoun will pen the script and executive produce Lifesaver alongside Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan. The comedy asks the question: How you get rid of the most maddening person in the world after he's given you a kidney? It's described as an odd couple comedy in which two polar opposites become inextricably linked.

It marks Traugott's second pilot order this season, joining ABC's untitled Jeff Lowell romantic comedy.

The Pro, meanwhile, is a single-camera comedy from ABC Studios and Universal Television that stars Parks and Recreation's Lowe. It's set in and around a tennis and golf club, and stars Lowe as a former doubles champion who is reunited with his ex-partner after a public feud that left them both floundering in life.

Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory (King of the Hill, Frasier) will pen the script and executive produce via their overall deal with ABC Studios. Lowe, Karey BurkeMarc Gurvitz and Todd Holland will also exec produce, with the latter on board to direct the pilot.

The Pro keeps NBC in business with Lowe, whose last episode of the network's Parks and Recreation airs Jan. 30.

At NBC, the pickups join a comedy roster that includes A to Z, Bad Judge, Ellen More or Less, Love Is Relative, Marry Me, Mason Twins, Mission Control, Old Soul and series Mr. Robinson and an untitled entry from Tina Fey starring Ellie Kemper.

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