'Office' scribe, Will Ferrell behind new pilots for NBC

NBC has turned to The Office funnyman Greg Daniels to help pen a new single camera comedy for fall 2013 — one of three new laughers the net put into development today.

The Peacock gave a thumbs-up to an untitled project from Daniels that looks at the “trials and tribulations of dating in your twenties as explored through a group of friends. The pilot focuses on bright eyed and vulnerable Matthew being pushed by his three best friends to get back on the dating horse.” Other exec producers on the project are Robert Padnick, Tracy Katsky and Howard Klein.

NBC also ordered a comedy pilot from Gary Sanchez, Will Farrell’s production company, called Assistance. Written by Leslye Headland, the project is a single-camera comedy centered on an “idealistic working girl assistant who is pulled between her colleague — aka work husband — and her real life fiance while trying to manage a demanding (translation: crazy) boss.” Exec producers are Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke.

Finally, the network also gave a thumbs up to Donor Party, a new single-camera comedy from Alex Schemmer and Geyer Kosinski. Here’s the network’s description: “In ‘New Normal fashion, this ensemble comedy is focused on an irresponsible man forced to grow up when he discovers he has children resulting from his days as a sperm donor.  A new family unit develops when a single mom contacts him and he begins to have a relationship with her and the son he never knew he had.’

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