NBC Buys Comedy from 50/50 Writer Will Reiser

     August 22, 2012


NBC has purchased a new half-hour comedy pilot from 50/50 scribe Will Reiser and his sister Robin Reiser.  Per EW, the new show titled The High Life “centers on a newly sober mother and wife who must deal with life’s many stresses—without drinking.”  Will and Robin will serve as writers and executive producers on the series alongside Willie Mercer and New Girl’s Jake Kasdan and JJ Philbin, who will also executive produce.

We just learned that the upcoming ninth season of The Office will be the last for that long-running comedy show, and this fall also kicks off the final season of NBC comedy staple 30 Rock as well. Moreover, with new showrunners and a less-than-ideal Friday timeslot, Community’s days may also be numbered.  The phenomenal Parks and Recreation still looks to be going strong, but the Peacock will likely be in dire need of new half-hour comedies come Fall 2013.  Reiser’s screenplay for the underrated 50/50 was excellent, so hopefully The High Life has a successful development and makes it to series.