One thing’s for sure about the upcoming 2018-2019 television season: NBC has got a fever — a fever for more pilots. Coming off of the network’s order of five dramatic pilots (The Enemy Within, Untitled Gabrielle Union/Bad Boys Pilot, The Village, Untitled Bellevue Hospital Pilot and In Between Lines), NBC reaffirmed its commitment to sitcoms by giving pilot orders to four multi-camera comedies: Suzanne Martin’s Like Family; Greg Malins’s So Close; Josh Malmuth’s Abby’s; and Brian Gallivan’s Friends-In-Law.
Here’s a look at each of the four new pilots:
Writer: Suzanne Martin (Will & Grace)
Executive Producers: Martin, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner
Production: Hazy Mills
Overview: Like Family centers on Aubrey and Artie who formed the tightest of sibling-like bonds growing up together in foster care, but are discovering that such closeness makes adulthood even more complicated.
Writer: Greg Malins
Executive Producers: Martin, Hayes and Milliner
Production: Hazy Mills
Overview: So Close centers on hopeless romantics Riley & Kyle. At crossroads in their separate lives, they are close to settling for the wrong partner, unaware that they live only blocks apart and may be each other’s soul mates.
Writer: Josh Malmuth (New Girl, Superstore)
Executive Producers: Malmuth, Mike Schur (Superstore) and David Miner
Production: 3 Arts
Overview: Abby’s, which echoes the tradition of one of NBC’s best comedy series of all time, Cheers, is set at an unlicensed bar in San Diego where the regulars enthusiastically enforce a unique set of rules that give them a sense of community and allow them to avoid the frustrating behavior found at other establishments.
Writer: Brian Gallivan (The McCarthys)
Executive Producers: Gallivan, Tom Werner
Production: Warner Bros. TV
Overview: Friends-In-Law centers on Brian and Jake who are polar opposites and must quickly figure out how to coexist when their respective best friends decide to get married.
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