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NBC is doubling down on Chris McKenna’s comedy brand.
The network has ordered a script plus penalty for an oddball brother comedy from the in-demand Community-turned-Mindy Project co-executive producer. The project centers on a large family, in which the mother has passed away long ago and the kids span in age from 15 to 30-plus. When the family’s father passes away, the oldest of the siblings — the family’s black sheep — moves back into the family home to be the guardian for the youngest, who turns out to be the other prankster of the bunch. A series of comical one-upmanship ensues.
McKenna, who inked a two-year overall deal with Universal Television this spring, will write and executive produce, with Samantha Who’s Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplain attached as executive producers through their Uni TV-based TBD Productions.
Traugott, who will exec produce NBC’s midseason drama entry Do No Harm, is also attached to Community star Donald Glover‘s semi-autobiographical comedy in development at NBC. The former Brillstein Entertainment Partners head of television’s other development projects include a Justin Spitzer ensemble comedy and a New Orleans gothic thriller, which are both set up at NBC. Traugott inked his three-year overall deal in spring 2011.
McKenna, whose other credits include American Dad, is repped by UTA, Magnet Management and Hirsch Wallerstein; Traugott is repped by UTA.
Email: Lacey.Rose@THR.com; Twitter: @LaceyVRose
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