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Following the promising start of The Carmichael Show, NBC is eyeing two more multi-camera comedy shows toplined by comedians that are informed by their lives and standup, giving pilot orders to an untitled half-hour starring Vladimir Caamaño, produced by Bill Lawrence; and Sebastian, starring Sebastian Maniscalco, produced by Greg Garcia. Additionally, NBC has given a pilot order to Crunch Time, a hybrid game show/multi-camera comedy written by Betsy Thomas and produced… »
NBC has picked up three more comedy pilots for the 2015-16 season, Variety has learned.
“Sebastian,” from CBS Television Studios and Amigos de Garcia, stars stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, who also serves as writer and co-executive producer, along with Austen Earl. In this multi-camera comedy, Sebastian’s old-school values, instilled by his opinionated Italian father, are constantly put to the test by his new wife, her family, and the absurdities of the modern world. Greg Garcia is also executive producing.
Vladimir Caamano will star in, write and co-executive produce an untitled project from Warner Bros. Television and Bill Lawrence’s Doozer Productions shingle. Lawrence, Jeff Ingold and Adam Sztykiel will executive produce. Sztykiel also penned the script with Caamano. The multi-camera comedy centers around Vlad, the son of Dominican immigrants, who wants to carve his own path in life, which proves difficult as his father has no desire to change their extremely co-dependent relationship. »
- Laura Prudom
NBC added to its comedy pilot haul Tuesday, ordering half-hours from Bill Lawrence (Undateable), Greg Garcia (The Millers) and a scripted/game show hybrid from Betsy Thomas (Guys With Kids). From Lawrence's Warner Bros. Television-based Doozer banner, the untitled Vladimir Caamano comedy stars the stand-up comedian in a semi-autobiographical story. Formerly known as Vlad,t he comedy centers on Caamano, the son of Dominican immigrants, who wants to carve his own path in live that winds up proving difficult as his father has no desire to change their extremely co-dependent relationship. Undateable's Adam Sztykiel will pen
- Lesley Goldberg
Warner Bros. TV has opened the application process for its third annual Television Directors’ Workshop, a program designed to give aspiring and diverse directors the chance to break into primetime television.
The Wbtv Directors’ Workshop aims to prepare directors from other mediums — feature films, music videos and commercials — for the transition to episodic TV, as well as to seek out fresh, diverse voices from within the creative community, to help provide increased opportunities to women and ethnic minority helmers.
The 12-week master class course will run from May through August and is taught by director and author Bethany Rooney, with other industry professionals providing insights as guest speakers. Past participants include Zetna Fuentes, who went on to direct episodes of “Pretty Little Liars” and iZombie”; Antonio Negret, who subsequently helmed episodes of “Arrow,” “The Flash” and the “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”; and Richard Speight, Jr., who made his episodic »
- Laura Prudom
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