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Bill Lawrence to helm 'IT Crowd' adaptation for NBC

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Last year, NBC lost The Office and 30 Rock. It canceled Community, and sometime next year, we’ll see the last of the Parks & Rec gang. The future has seemed bleak for NBC’s once-lauded comedy content, so maybe that explains why it’s digging through old projects to turn things around: Deadline reports that Cougar Town and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence has signed on to produce an NBC adaptation of the popular British sitcom The IT Crowd.

NBC has been here before. It picked up an IT Crowd pilot starring Joel McHale (and Richard Ayoade, from the original British version) in the 2006-2007 season, but no more episodes were filmed. Lawrence will be joined by the writing team of Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, who started on Scrubs and served as executive producers on Community from 2009 to 2012.

The IT Crowd follows the misadventures of two socially inept male computer nerds who work at a big company, and their interactions with their female boss, who’s computer illiterate. The original version starred Ayoade, Chris O’Dowd, and Katherine Parkinson.

Lawrence is a busy guy these days. He’s also working on a primetime adaptation of Rush Hour, although a network has yet to pick up the project.

NBC reveals summer premiere dates for Amy Poehler series, Bill Lawrence's 'Undateable,' more

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NBC has announced summer premiere dates for its programs, including six new scripted originals and one alternative series.

Half-hour comedy Welcome to Sweden, executive produced by Amy Poehler and starring her brother Greg Poehler, will premiere July 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET, and Undateable, the comedy from Cougar Town boss Bill Lawrence, will debut Thursday, May 29, at 9 p.m. with back-to-back half-hour episodes each week. Other new entries include The Night Shift, Crossbones, Taxi Brooklyn (starring Grey’s Anatomy alum Chyler Leigh), and Working the Engels. New unscripted series Food Fighters, featuring America’s best amateur cooks putting signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs, will join the lineup of NBC’s alternative mainstays, such as America’s Got Talent and Last Comic Standing.

Premieres for the new seasons of Last Comic Standing (Thursday, May 22, at 9 p.m.), America’s Got Talent (Tuesday, May 27, 8 p.m.), and American Ninja Warrior (Monday, May 26, at 9 p.m.) were previously announced.

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'Scrubs' creator Bill Lawrence picks his underrated TV favorites

Cartoon Clone High may have been booted from MTV back in 2003, but Bill Lawrence still has fondness for the series that he helped create. The Scrubs and Cougar Town creator talks why he thinks Clone High was so great, and tells us his other picks for his favorite underrated TV shows:

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'Scrubs' Broadway musical: Everything you want to know, and why there won't be a movie -- EXCLUSIVE

First, NBC canceled Scrubs after seven seasons, then ABC picked it up before scrapping it again after season 9. By the time the ax finally fell on the hospital sitcom in 2010, creator Bill Lawrence had to agree that the show had come to a fair end. “We filmed so many episodes that I feel like it had played its full course,” says Lawrence, who tells EW that he currently has no plans to pursue a movie continuation of the series, despite the wishes of some fans. “You could argue Veronica Mars got cut short in its lifespan, but for us, I never really saw any life moving past nine years. It’s not really the type of show for a movie.”

Enter another idea for Lawrence: Rather than let the series (which still boasts around 13 million Facebook fans) completely fizzle out, Lawrence has set his sights on a different type of future for Scrubs. He announced back in September 2012 that he was developing a musical for Broadway, and just in time for EW’s cover story on the rebirth of Veronica Mars, we caught up with Lawrence to find out where his musical resurrection project stands. As it turns out, the sitcom might be scrubbing in to a Broadway theater near you by, oh, 2017 or so. READ FULL STORY

TBS pilot 'Ground Floor' to reunite 'Pitch Perfect' co-stars Skylar Astin and Alexis Knapp

Last fall’s irresistible college a cappella singing competition comedy Pitch Perfect came out of nowhere to score big box office and critical raves, and now two of the film’s co-stars are looking to recreate some of that spark for TBS.

Alexis Knapp has been added as a series regular in the network’s Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town) comedy pilot Ground Floor, TBS confirms to EW. She joins her already-cast Perfect co-star Skylar Astin, who stars as a nearing-30 alpha male that, after some run-ins with his company’s tight-knit, happy-go-lucky support staff, realizes his own life isn’t as perfect as he once thought.

Knapp will play a sexy co-worker who prefers to hit the bars at night and catch up on her sleep at work.
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