Currently ranked fourth among major television networks, NBC is hoping to find ratings gold in a new batch of pilots they recently ordered. Among them are the comedy Downwardly Mobile, which will mark the return of Roseanne Barr to a television series and additional comedies from writer Scott Silveri (Friends) and writer Scot Armstrong (The Hangover 2). Barr’s project with Eric Gilliland (Roseanne), which she will also write and executive produce, stars the comedienne as an owner of a mobile home park who becomes a surrogate mother to her hard-luck tenants. So far, the network has also ordered the drama County by writer/producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) and the Dick Wolf (Law & Order) action drama, Chicago Fire. Hit the jump for more on each project.
THR reported on NBC’s pilot orders of the comedic and dramatic variety. Sticking with comedies, the network has also expressed interest in Go On, with Silveri and Universal Television. The plot follows a charismatic sportscaster who suffers a loss and seeks comfort through mandatory group therapy sessions. In Armstrong’s office comedy, Animal Kingdom, a veterinarian with a House-like personality tends to pets but hates their owners. These pilots join Isabel, The Sarah Silverman Project, and Save Me as NBC’s other half-hour comedy orders.
In County, Katims reunites with Jason Ritter (Parenthood) for this drama set in a L.A. County hospital with a questionable moral code. Chicago Fire will follow the men and women of the Chicago Fire Department though stories written by Derek Haas and Michael Brant, both of 3:10 to Yuma fame. These pilot dramas will compete alongside Beautiful People, The Munsters (drama? Really?), Midnight Sun and Do No Harm.