By yesterday, we knew that Sarah Silverman was a wanted woman, with at least three networks vying for her pilot pitch. In the end, the peacock network beat out ABC and snagged a pilot order for Sarah Silverman’s untitled single camera comedy show. With Imagine Entertainment principal Ron Howard behind the project, it was pitched around Hollywood garnering serious interest from several suitors with it all coming down to a bidding war between the two networks, according to Deadline. The show, written by Silverman, would be based loosely on her life; she would star as a recently single woman who must acclimate to a new lifestyle after a decade long live-in relationship ends.
NBC must really believe in the project and its prospects for success as the network has given a “put pilot commitment,” which means if the network decides to not to shoot the pilot they’ll have to cut hefty penalty checks to the writers and producers. It’s kind of like proposing and promising the bride to be that if you call it off she gets to keep the ring, go on her honeymoon anyway with her girlfriends and you’ll pay all the vendors involved as if the wedding happened.
Silverman, Howard, Dan Sterling, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo are executive producing. By adding Silverman to Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings, NBC now has a trio of funny females known for their raunchy stand-up acts in their stable.