FOX has bought the UNTITLED FATHER AND SON DATING PROJECT from writers/exec producers John Hamburg and Ian Helfer. Series, which Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope will also exec produce, centers on a father and son who both come out of divorces newly single at the same time, and end up living together, exploring the dating world at the same time.
HBO has ordered a pilot for the new comedy series DOCUMENTAL from writer/director/exec producer/star Justin Theroux. Series, which will also see Ben Stiller, Paul Simms, Michael Rotenberg and Nick Frenkel exec produce, centers on a documentary filmmaker (Theroux) who tracks down his filmmaking idol (Steve Coogan), and decides to make a film about his attempted return to the spotlight.
NBC has moved quick to pick up the action/drama project REST from writer/exec producer Philip Levens. Series, which is based on the comic book title of the same name from creators Milo Ventimiglia, Mark Powers, Russ Cundiff and Mike O’Sullivan, centers on a twentysomething guy in NYC who spends every waking hour working, so he decides to enroll in a testing program for a drug that eliminates the need of sleep, only to find himself quickly becoming addicted to it, which helps him complete more, but leads to serious and irreversible consequences. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will exec produce alongside Ventimiglia, Cundiff, Levens, Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins.
NBC has snagged comedy ARE YOU THERE VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA from writers/exec producers Dottie Zicklin and Julie Larson. Series, which is based on the comical autobiography “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” from Chelsea Handler, will center on a 20-something woman named Chelsea, who while not pursuing the same career path of Handler, will carry the same fun, free, and party-loving sensibilities. Tom Werner and Tom Brunelle will also exec produce with Handler.
NBC has also picked up the UNTITLED MPK HAIRDRESSER PROJECT from writer/exec producer Michael Patrick King, giving it a pilot commitment in the process. Series, which went out as a spec, will explore mens struggles with aging, as seen in the eyes of a straight Beverly Hills hairdresser in his 50s, who is doing everything he can to stay young and relevant in a place where looks mean everything.
EDEN, from writers Ken Hanes and Mary Hanes, centers on a young hotel worker who, with the help of his escaped con artist cousin, gets a job as the concierge at an elite NYC hotel, where together they manage to provide the hotel guests with whatever they desire, at whatever the cost.
WILD CARD, from writer Stephen Godchaux, is pitched as a witty procedural about two very different Las Vegas lawyers, who handle the type of problems that happen after the sun goes down, but need to be solved before the sun the comes up. Cary Brokaw exec produces alongside Godchaux.
OVER/UNDER, from writer Sheila Callaghan, centers on a successful day trader, with a nasty gambling addiction, who the day after losing a fortune on a bad gamble, loses million for the firm he works for trying to make enough to bail himself out. Quickly fired, now the man and his wife retreat the busy lifestyle (and dangers) behind, and find a nice little neighborhood, where the man finds an unlikely partner to help get his life back on track. Dan Halsted exec produces with Callaghan.
Not exactly a renewal, but based on the monster success of the Halloween episode of COMMUNITY, NBC has quickly gone ahead and ordered 2 more episodes of the hit series.