NBC Hires Fuller's 'Assistants'

By Caillan
December 21, 2004 - 12:00 PM

Bryan Fuller (Star Trek: Voyager) recently received the greenlight to create a new series.

NBC has given a pilot commitment to The Assistants, an hour-long comedy series penned by WGA Award nominee Fuller, trade paper Variety reported (via The Advocate). The series will reportedly focus on the trials and tribulations of downtrodden assistants and the boss who makes their lives a misery.

"The outline's approved and I'm off writing," Fuller told 'Hercules' at Ain't It Cool News. The writer/producer said the show would focus particularly on the assistants to talk show host Dr. Marty, who is described as "Dr. Phil if he were Bill O'Reilly."

But it hasn't all been good news for Fuller, with Showtime deciding to cancel his darkly comic series Dead Like Me after two seasons. "They called me last week and said it was cancelled," the writer said, adding that the producers are "currently trying to find a new home for it, perhaps even the Sci-Fi Channel." Fuller had left the series in season one to create the FOX comedy series Wonderfalls, which was itself cancelled after only four episodes.

The next Fuller project to make it to air will likely be The Amazing Screw-On Head for the Sci-Fi Channel, which is based on the comic book by Mike Mignola. The animated half-hour series will follow the adventures of robot employed by the government during the U.S. civil war. Casting is expected to take place within the next month.

The original news can be found at The Advocate and Ain't It Cool News.

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