The Networks Greenlit a Bunch of Comedy Pilots - Here’s Your Guide to All of Them

Pilot season is upon is, which means that all the major networks are currently greenlighting pilots. Although it’s hard to tell at this point which will become series (aside from Seth Macfarlane’s Dads and NBC’s untitled Michael J. Fox comedy, which have both been ordered straight to series) much of the pilots look promising, with Ken Marino’s return to television, semi-autobiographical sitcoms from Jim Gaffigan and John Mulaney, and multiple pilots from alumni of The Office, Scrubs and Parks and Rec.

Here’s a look at 2013’s comedy pilots:


Bad Management

A luxury department store manager (Pulling’s Sharon Horgan) when the boss’s son joins the team and steers the company’s focus towards youth and sex. Written by Horgan along with Holly Walsh (Dead Boss). Aaron Kaplan is EP.

How the Hell Am I Normal (previously How the F Am I Normal)

Jeff Garlin and BridesmaidsWendi McLendon-Covey play the parents in a Wonder Years-esque family comedy based on writer and EP Adam F. Goldberg (Breaking In)’s childhood in the 1980s.

Middle Age Rage

From Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin TV, a fed-up middle-aged mom decides to speak up and demand the respect she thinks she deserves. Written by  Cheryl Holliday (King of the Hill, Mike & Molly). Holliday is EP along with Amblin/DreamWorks TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.


Single-camera from The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott More, set in a Manhattan bar, follows “the exploits of singles in search of love – all over the course of one night.”


Based on the British series of the same name, three female friends in their 30s who don’t quite have it figured out yet. Written and executive produced by Bad Teacher and Year One writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Aaron Kaplan is also an EP.


Based on the British series of the same name, starring Rob Corddry as a bumbling father who inadvertently joins the secret service in an attempt to win over his more intelligent son.

Super Fun Night (rolled from CBS last year)

Three nerdy female friends on a “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday evening. Written by and starring Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson and executive produced by Wilson, Conan O’Brien, David Kissinger (Eagleheart), and Jeff Ross (Conan, Eagleheart).

Trophy Wife

Reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) falls in love with a man (Bradley Whitford) and finds herself immersed in his family – including his three manipulative children and two judgmental ex-wives. Written and executive produced by Emily Halpern (Private Practice) and comedian Sarah Haskins, with Bad Teacher’s Gene Stupinsky and Lee Eisenberg as executive producers.

Untitled Andrea Abbate

Karey is the good girl in a family of petty criminals, drug addicts, and narcissists, but when her brother gets sent to prison, she decides to take care of his children along with her adopted son and give them the normal life they deserve. Written by Andrea Abbate (Accidentally on Purpose). Shawn Levy, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements (Last Man Standing) are all EPS.

The untitled Cullens project

A recently divorced single mother moves in with her estranged, former baseball-playing father (James Caan) and reluctantly agrees to assistant coach her son’s Little League team, finding herself immersed in the world of sports she thought she had left behind. Mark and Robb Cullen (Las Vegas, Cop Out) are writers and executive producers. Aaron Kaplan is also an EP.


Bad Teacher

Based on the 2011 film, a sexy, foul-mouthed woman becomes a teacher for the wrong reasons. Written and executive produced by Hilary Winston (Happy Endings, Community). Executive produced by the film’s screenwriters, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.


Starring Chris Smith (previously a guest actor on 30 Rock, The Office, and The Mindy Project) as a young guy who befriends more experienced guys in the short-term rental complex they share. Also starring Kal Penn, Jerry O’Connell, Tony Shalhoub; written, executive produced, and directed by How I Met Your Mother’s Rob Greenberg.

Friends With Better Lives

Multi-camera sitcom following a group of thirty-something friends each of them thinking the other has it better. Dana Klein (Friends) is writer and EP. Aaron Kaplan is also an EP.


Single-cam sitcom loosely based on stand-up Jim Gaffigan’s life as a husband and father of five living with his family in New York City. Written by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan (Rescue MeThe Larry Sanders Show).


From Chuck Lorre, a multi-cam sitcom about a newly sober single mom (Anna Faris) trying to get it together in Napa Valley. Also starring Allison Janney.

The McCarthys

Family comedy about a loud brood of Boston sports fans. Written and co-executive produced by Brian Gallivan (Happy Endings); Will Gluck (Easy A) is also an EP.

Super Clyde

Shy fast food worker who decides to becomes a super hero. Written/EP Greg Garcia (Raising Hope)

The Unauthorized Greg Garcia Project

Also from Garcia: Multi-cam, a recent divorcé’s life gets complicated when his parents decide to move in with him.


2 Wrongs

Star-crossed lovers Nick and Jenny must contend with Nick’s family’s dislike of Jenny, which is in part due to that time seven years ago when Jenny left Nick at the altar. Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely) is writer and EP. Aaron Kaplan is also an EP.

Dads (six-episode straight-to-series order)

EP Seth MacFarlane and Ted writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild present two successful thirty something guys whose lives are turned upside-down when their dads move in with them.


Based on Cougartown writer Kevin Biegel’s relationship with his siblings, three unique brothers working together at a Florida Army base. Written and executive produced by Biegel with Mike Royce (Men of a Certain Age) also as an EP.

Friends & Family

Based on BBC’s Gavin & Stacey, follows two goofy families connected by a long distance relationship. Written and executive produced by David Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back), Steve Coogan is also an EP.

The Gabriels (formerly House Rules)

A neurotic family struggles to fit into a small, polite Midwest town. Written and executive produced by Justin Hurwitz (The League) and Andrew Gurland (The Last Exorcism Part II).

Lifestyle Lemonaid (rolled from HBO)

Based on Nikki Joel’s tell-all blog about her marriage to WME talent agent Brandt Joel. Written by Jordon Nardino (Desperate Housewives) and executive produced by both Joels, Nardino, Mark Wahlberg, and Steve Levinson.

To My Assistant

Based on a blog and soon to be book, a group of New York law firm assistants bands together to cope with their obnoxious bosses. Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer (Friends) are writers and EPs.

Untitled Dan Goor/ Mike Schur comedy

Starring Andy Samberg and Terry Crews as detectives in New York. Goor and Schur (Parks and Rec) are writers and Eps, Andy Samberg produces, and 21 Jump Street directing team Phil Lord and Chris Miller will direct the pilot.

Untitled Justin Halpern/Patrick Schumacker comedy

Based on Justin Halpern’s book I Suck at Girls, about a boy, his father and both of them coming of age. Written and executive produced by Halpern and S#*! My Dad Says writer Patrick Schumacker. Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold are EPs.


About a Boy

Adapted from the Nick Hornby book and 2002 Hugh Grant movie of the same name, about the relationship between a bachelor man-child and the young boy who moves in with the single mom next door. Written and executive produced by Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights).


Based on Bachelorette writer Leslye Headland’s play of the same name, about a working girl balancing her life between her “work husband,” her fiancé, and her demanding boss. Executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

Brenda Forever

A high-concept comedy that follows a woman (the titular Brenda)’s experiences at age 31 and 13. Created and executive produced by Andrew Leeds (Pelant on Bones) and writing partner David Lampson (This One Time With Julia).

Donor Party

An irresponsible man has to grow up when a single mom contacts him and introduces him to the child that resulted from his sperm donation years ago. Written and executive produced by Alex Schemmer (Community).

The Gates

Based on the British comedy of the same name, the parents and staff navigate the social difficulties that are the drop-off gates at their children’s elementary school. Starring Ken Marino, written and executive produced by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith (’Til Death, The King of Queens). Aaron Kaplan is also an EP.

Girlfriend in a Coma

A 34yr old wakes up from her nearly 20-year coma to discover she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she was unaware of. Written and executive produced by Liz Brixius (Nurse Jackie); Dick Wolf is also an EP.


Multi-cam starring Sean Hayes as a working guy struggling to parent his 14-year-old daughter who just moved in, while dealing with his nightmare boss. Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted, Andy Richter Controls the Universe) is writer and EP.

Holding Patterns

Ensemble comedy following a group of friends after they survive a plane crash. Justin Spitzer (The Office) is writer and EP.

Joe, Joe, and Jane

A semi-autobiographical look at conflict between the ‘trouple’ that is a meek children’s book author, his wife, and his best friend/co-author. Starring Sally Pressman (Army Wives), Larry Wilmore (Daily Show); written and executive produced by Joe Port, Joe Wiseman (New Girl).

The John Mulaney Show

Multi-cam ensemble comedy created, written by, starring, and loosely based on the life of stand-up/SNL writer John Mulaney. Lorne Michaels is EP.

MJF (ordered straight to series)

Inspired by Michael J. Fox’s life as a husband and father in New York City dealing with Parkinson’s and other challenges as he returns to work as a news anchor. Cast includes Fox, Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Katie Finneran (Wonderfalls), Wendell Pierce (Treme).

…Then Came Elvis

A son deals with life after the divorce of his blind father and fun-loving mother. Written and executive produced by DJ Nash (Up All Night); Jason Bateman is an EP.


A group of friends dubbed the “Undateables” has their lives changed when a more confident character joins them. Written and executive produced by Adam Sztykiel (Due Date). Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold are EPs.

Untitled Greg Daniels/Robert Padnick comedy

The adventures of dating while in your 20s as told through a group of friends. Written and executive produced by Padnick (The Office); Greg Daniels is also an EP.

Untitled Jessica Simpson comedy (pilot presentation)

Single-cam comedy loosely based on Jessica Simpson’s life, starring Simpson, written and executive produced by Robin Bakay and Nick Bakay (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, ‘Til Death); executive produced by Ben Silverman, Joe Simpson.

Untitled Owen Ellickson & Craig Robinson comedy

Talented musician (Craig Robinson) has to get used to his new life as a middle school music teacher. Written and executive produced by Owen Ellickson (The Office); Greg Daniels is also an EP.

Untitled Roseanne Barr comedy

No plot announced yet. Barr will executive produce along with Steven Greener (Roseanne’s Nuts, The Bernie Mac Show)

Welcome to the Family

Culture-clash sitcom about a white family and a Latino family bonded by their romantically-involved children and an unplanned pregnancy. Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement) is writer and EP.

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