According to The Wrap, NBC aggressively outbid all major network rivals by a considerable sum to land the actor's services and new sitcom. They sweetened the pot by affording Fox extensive creative control over the series, agreeing to shoot the single-camera show in New York City where Spin City was filmed, and ordering up an unusually large number of episodes without anything other than a pitch to go off of.
At minimum Fox's new show will be a complete season. NBC's bullish bid includes a guaranteed 22-episode order, skipping the pilot phase altogether.
The Wrap predicts that NBC will hurry up and film a pilot well ahead of the other studios' pilots for the 2013-2014 season. If all goes according to plan,