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14 items from 2017


Pilot Error: NBC Passes on 3 Comedies, Including What About Barb?

9 May 2017 1:56 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

NBC has begun thinning the 2017-18 pilot herd.

TVLine has learned that three comedy projects — Bill Lawrence’s Spaced Out, film-to-tv remake What About Barb? and Max Mutchnick’s sibling sitcom Relatively Happy — will not be ordered to series. 

Scroll down to refresh your memory about the ill-fated trio (and head here to see what remains in contention):

Spaced Out

Writer: Adam Sztykiel

Other EPs: Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold

Cast: Matt Shively (The Real O’Neals), Christine Woods (Hello Ladies), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), Brett Goldstein, Ken Kirby

A single-cam workplace comedy that centers on a working »

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‘What About Barb?’: Ben Lawson Cast In NBC’s Reboot Pilot

10 March 2017 3:09 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Former The Deep End star Ben Lawson is set as the male lead opposite Leah Remini in What About Barb?, NBC's single-camera comedy pilot based on the 1991 Frank Oz movie What About Bob? Written and executive produced by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, What About Barb? centers on Suzanne (Remini), who tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient, Barb, but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process. Lawson will play Ryan, Suzanne’s fiance, a former… »

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Leah Remini to Star in NBC’s ‘What About Barb?’ Pilot

2 March 2017 11:35 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Leah Remini and Jessica Gunning will star in the NBC comedy pilot “What About Barb?” TheWrap has confirmed. The pilot is a female-centric adaptation of the 1991 comedy film “What About Bob?” Remini will play psychotherapist Suzanne, the role originally played in the film by Richard Dreyfuss. Gunning will play Barb, an overbearing patient who refuses to leave Suzanne and her family alone. Bill Murray played the role in the film. The single camera comedy will be executive produced and written by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman. ABC Studios is producing. Also Read: Ellen DeGeneres to Host NBC Game Show Based on. »

- Joe Otterson

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NBC’s ‘What About Barb?’ Pilot Casts Leah Remini, Jessica Gunning as Leads

2 March 2017 11:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has found the Barb that “What About Barb?” will be about. Jessica Gunning will play the titular character in the pilot that follows a psychotherapist who tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient, but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process. The project is based on the 1991 film “What About Bob?” starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss.

Leah Remini will play Suzanne, Barb’s therapist. Intelligent, put-together, professional and uptight, Suzanne is a renowned psychotherapist and a NY Times best-selling author of the book “Baby Steps” — a book she wrote to help her get over her own divorce. Remini is also behind successful A+E docuseries “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”.

Gunning, a staple of the U.K. TV scene, was recently in “Fortitude” (which will debut its second season on Amazon in the U.S.). Her Barb is described as vivacious, enthusiastic »

- Oriana Schwindt

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What About Barb?: Jessica Gunning, Leah Remini to Star in NBC Reboot

2 March 2017 11:30 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

British actress Jessica Gunning (Prime Suspect) and King of Queens vet Leah Remini are set to succeed Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss in NBC’s female-spun What About Bob? reboot, What About Barb?

The half-hour comedy pilot — which, like the 1991 hit film, centers on the love-hate relationship between a psychotherapist (Remini) and a patient (Gunning) — is being shepherded by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman (The Office, The Odd Couple). »

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Leah Remini to Star in NBC's 'What About Bob?' Reboot

2 March 2017 11:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Leah Remini is returning to broadcast television.

The former King of Queens star has signed on to topline NBC's female-driven What About Bob? reboot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

British actress Jessica Gunning (Fortitude) will star opposite Remini in What About Barb?

Based on the 1991 movie, the single-camera comedy revolves around a psychotherapist who tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process.

Remini will play Suzanne, the psychotherapist, with Gunning set to portray Barb.

Writing duo Joe Port and Joe Wiseman (The Odd Couple, New Girl) penned »

- Kate Stanhope

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NBC orders female-led What About Bob? pilot called What About Barb?

26 January 2017 6:07 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

NBC has decided to use Frank Oz’s 1991 feature What About Bob?, starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfus, as the basis for a new comedy series. Rather than follow men, it will instead be led by a female cast and titled What About Barb?, with a pilot order to test the potential of the series.

The series will be produced in conjunction with ABC Studios with writers Joe Port and Jon Wiseman, who have previously worked on The Odd Couple reboot, 1600 Penn and The It Crowd. The series will be a single camera comedy – no studio audience – and, much like the film, will tell the story of a psychotherapist attempting to get rid of an overbearing patient who keeps intruding on nearly every aspect of her life.

The original film saw Dreyfuss in the role of therapist Lee Marvin and Murrary as Bob, a loveable but annoying patient to nearly every therapist he’s encountered. »

- Ricky Church

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NBC Orders Gender-Swapped ‘What About Bob?’ Reboot

25 January 2017 3:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

What About Bob? is another hilarious Frank Oz film being remade with female stars. Unlike the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway, the new version of What About Bob? is being made for television, not for theaters. The NBC comedy, titled What About, Barb?, hails from writers and executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, who worked on Dilbert and The It Crowd. Below, learn […]

The post NBC Orders Gender-Swapped ‘What About Bob?’ Reboot appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Newswire: How about a gender-swapped remake of What About Bob?

25 January 2017 12:55 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

According to Variety, NBC has given a pilot order to a gender-swapped adaptation of What About Bob?, Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss’ 1991 comedy about a therapist who tries to escape his annoying and intrusive patient. Naturally, the NBC version will be called What About Barb?, because that’s the closest female-equivalent name that the network could use without scaring people off by making it too different. What About Barb? will be a single-camera comedy from Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, who have worked on a wide range of TV projects including New Girl, The Odd Couple, and the mercifully short-lived 1600 Penn.

Variety doesn’t have any other concrete details about the project, but it will presumably follow the plot of the movie in a more extensive and drawn-out fashion.

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- Sam Barsanti

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‘What About Bob?’ Female Reboot Gets Comedy Pilot Order At NBC

25 January 2017 11:45 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC has given a pilot order to What About Barb?, a single-camera comedy series based on the 1991 Frank Oz movie What About Bob? The cult black comedy starred Bill Murray as the eponymous Bob, a psychiatric patient who joins his psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), and his family on vacation. The TV reboot, from ABC Studios, goes for a gender switch, with female Bob and Leo. Written and executive produced by veteran comedy writing duo, Joe Port and Joe Wiseman… »

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NBC Orders Pilot Based on Movie ‘What About Bob?’ With Female Twist

25 January 2017 11:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has given a pilot order to “What About Barb?” a comedy based on the movie “What About Bob?” Variety has learned.

The pilot follows a psychotherapist who tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient, but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process.

The single-cam comedy hails from writer Joe Port, who will serve as executive producer with Joe Wiseman. ABC Studios is producing.

Port and Wiseman have extensive experience in the broadcast comedy TV world. Their credits include “The Odd Couple” and “The Crazy Ones” on CBS, “Last Man Standing” on ABC, “New Girl” on Fox, plus “1600 Penn” on NBC.

“What About Bob?” starred Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. The 1991 black comedy centered around Murray who played a psychiatric patient who follows his egotistical psychiatrist, played by Dreyfuss, on vacation. The film made nearly $68 million at the box office.

“What About Barb?” is the latest movie-to-television adaptation to come to »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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What About Bob? Being Rebooted as NBC Comedy (With a Female Twist)

25 January 2017 11:45 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Sorry, Stranger Things, but there’s about to be a new Barb in town.

NBC has given a pilot order to What About Barb?, a comedy based on the 1991 movie What About Bob? — but as the show’s name suggests, the title character (originally portrayed by Bill Murray) will now be played by a woman. Barb’s psychotherapist (played in the film by Richard Dreyfuss) will also be a woman.

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Aside from those admittedly major changes, the story will remain the same: Per NBC, “a psychotherapist »

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NBC Orders Comedy Pilot for Female-Centered ‘What About Bob?’ Adaptation

25 January 2017 11:45 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC has ordered a pilot for a new comedy series based on the classic 1991 comedy film “What About Bob?” that will feature a female lead, TheWrap has learned. In the series, “What About Barb?, a psychotherapist tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process. The single camera comedy will be executive produced and written by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman. ABC Studios is producing. In the original film, Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss played the role of Dr. Leo Marvin while Bill Murray played the patient, Bob Wiley. »

- Joe Otterson

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Female-Driven 'What About Bob?' Reboot Picked Up to Pilot at NBC

25 January 2017 11:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

NBC is looking to Frank Oz's 1991 feature What About Bob? for its next comedy.

The network has handed out a pilot order to What About Barb?, a female-focused take on the Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss starrer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Based on the movie, the single-camera comedy revolves around a psychotherapist who tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process.

Writing duo Joe Port and Joe Wiseman (The Odd Couple, The Crazy Ones, 1600 Penn, New Girl) will pen the script and executive produce »

- Lesley Goldberg

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