20th TV pilots spread laughs


Two 20th Century Fox TV comedy projects — one from Abraham Higginbotham and the other from Jonathan Groff — have landed at Fox and at CBS.

The untitled Higginbotham project, which stars Niecy Nash ("Reno 911"), has received a put pilot commitment from Fox.

The multicamera comedy, written and executive produced by "Arrested Development" alum Higginbotham, revolves around the less-than-glamorous staffers at a glamorous New York hotel.

Groff's "Private Lives of Public People" sparked a heated bidding war between ABC and CBS, landing at the Eye with a mid- to high-six-figure penalty that often qualifies as a put pilot.

The hybrid single- and multicamera project revolves around three adult siblings who are pillars of the community in their town but are decidedly less in control of their lives at home.

Both the Fox and the CBS show stem from Higginbotham and Groff's overall deals at 20th TV.

Groff, who most recently created and executive produced NBC's comedy "Andy Barker, P.I.," is repped by UTA, manager Tim Sarkes and attorney Jared Levine.

Higginbotham, whose credits also include "Will & Grace," is repped by WMA and attorney Patti Felker.