NBC Buys a Workplace Comedy Starring Rob Lowe


Rob Lowe is leaving Parks and Rec at midseason, but he may not be leaving NBC primetime. The network just bought a new workplace comedy called The Pro, starring Lowe, Deadline reports. NBC has given a production commitment to the project, but time will tell whether they decide to move forward with the potential series after making the pilot. Written by Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory (King of the Hill, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy), The Pro is described as a show centered on “former tennis doubles champion ‘Big Ben’ Bertrahm (Lowe), whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club, where he tries to hustle and charm his way back into America’s 1%.”

Lowe has been playing the role of Chris Traeger on NBC’s Parks and Recreation since 2010, but he’s set to leave the show, along with cast member Rashida Jones, following the current season’s 13th episode. While Lowe is now busy with his new NBC comedy, Jones is producing projects at the CW and NBC.