Networks Buy New Comedies from Jake Johnson, Steve Dildarian, and Everyone Else in LA

We’re still in the midst of the Big Four networks’ development season, in which they’re all buying up new pilots to turn into potential shows for fall of 2013, and a flurry of pilots were ordered in the past 24 hours. Yesterday, Fox bought a sitcom called The B Team created by New Girl star Jake Johnson and writer/director Max Winkler. The show follows a group of five guys who form a real-life Avengers, despite none of them having superpowers. Due to being locked down to New Girl, Johnson won’t be able to star in the new series, but he will produce, write, and make his directorial debut on The B Team if it’s picked up. Fox also purchased a show titled The Commuters from Steve Dildarian, creator of the cult hit HBO animated series Life & Times of Tim. The Commuters follows a diverse group of co-workers who bond over their daily commute from New Jersey to New York, and it’s the first live-action show created by Dildarian,

Those are just two of the more promising recent pilot acquisitions to take place over the last day. Elsewhere, ABC bought a show from Bret Harrison (Breaking In, Reaper), one from Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos, and a Jane Fonda mother-daughter comedy. Additionally, 30 Rock writer Vali Chandrasekaran sold a sitcom each to ABC and Fox, meaning the two networks are still neck and neck for that Guinness Record for Most TV Pilots Bought in One Day they’re apparently both chasing.

Networks Buy New Comedies from Jake Johnson, Steve […]