UPN Orders Three Comedy PilotsBy Caillan
February 14, 2003 - 6:41 AM
Enterprise network UPN yesterday picked up three new comedy series from its development slate.
The first project, entitled Game Over, is a family-friendly, computer-animated series, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The show follows the life of the Breakneck family as they deal with "everyday familial issues in an unconventional universe."
Carsey-Werner-Mandabach will produce the pilot, written by former Third Rock From The Sun scribes David Sacks, David Goetsch Jason Venokur and The Tick writer Ross Venokur. The foursome will also serve as executive producers with Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner and Caryn Mandabach.
Former Off Centre writer Tim Kelleher is behind the second, currently untitled pilot, which is also being touted as a family-oriented series. The project revolves around a group of twentysomethings who are adjusting to their new lives as parents. Warner Brothers TV is producing the pilot, with Kelleher as co-executive producer and Emmy-nominee Tony Krantz (24, Sports Night) serving as executive producer.
The final project to receive the greenlight is Old School, about "a group of twentysomethings who work in a nostalgia shop and reminisce about the horrors of high school," Variety reported. David Tochterman will executive produce the project, which comes from the pen of The King of Queens writer Chris Parrish.
These comedy pilot pickups come on the heels of the seven projects which UPN ordered last month (story one | story two). In the past, the network has had limited success with comedies outside its Monday night urban comedy line-up, with mid-season replacements As If and The Random Years failing to find an audience when aired in the competitive Tuesday 9 p.m. timeslot last year. Unless UPN is planning a radical programming shakeup, only a handful of these pilots will proceed to series.