May 10, 12:50 pm ET — NBC greenlighted a new series from Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence, reports Deadline. It’s called Undateable and it will star Chris D’Elia, who played opposite Whitney Cummings for two seasons of Whitney, which was canceled yesterday.
As we await tonight’s season-four finale of Community – and more importantly, the fate of the entire series – NBC has given the greenlight to three new comedies, including one starring Sean Hayes, which marks his first full-time gig at the network since ending his 8-year-run with Will & Grace in 2006.
He’s kept his ties with NBC tight over the years, popping up on network shows like Parks and Recreation (which was just, moments ago, renewed for a sixth season!), 30 Rock, Up All Night and most recently, the musical drama Smash. Titled Sean Saves The World, this new series centers on Hayes’ character – a divorced, gay dad – attempting to deal with his 14-year-old daughter at home, his mother (Linda Lavin), his demanding ex-wife and his high-pressure job. And get this, comedy fans: Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!) also stars.
The Hayes show joins three other new comedies slated for NBC, one starring Michael J. Fox; the network previously announced its plans for 22 episodes. The show will find Fox playing an anchorman living with Parkinson’s disease, a condition Fox, 51, has lived with in real life for 22 years.
About A Boy, a series based on a Nick Hornby novel, about a jobless, independently wealthy man (Will Freeman) whose life is interrupted by a single mother (Minnie Driver) and her son, who move next door, was also given a full series order. The show also stars comedians Al Madrigal and Anjelah Johnson. Also greenlighted is The Family Guide, which stars J.K. Simmons (Oz, Law & Order, the main guy from those Farmers Insurance commercials, in which the aforementioned Madrigal also appeared) and Parker Posey! Simmons plays a strong-willed blind father who’s getting divorced from his wife (Posey); the couple has a teen-aged daughter and an 11-year-old son, who narrates the show as an adult– Wonder Years (or, if you prefer, Stand By Me)-style The narrator? Jason Bateman, who also stars on Arrested Development, which also employs a narrator (Ron Howard).
[via Deadline, Hollywood Reporter]