NBC is trying to keep at least some of “The Office” family in the fold after the show ends.
Craig Robinson, who plays warehouse manager Darryl Philbin on the show, is teaming up with “Office” executive producer Greg Daniels and writer Owen Ellickson for a comedy pilot. Robinson will play a musician who gets a job teaching music at a middle school (Robinson himself is a proficient piano player).
Ellickson, who’s also worked on “The King of Queens” and “Friends With Benefits,” is writing the pilot and executive producing with Daniels, Tracy Katsky, Howard Klein and Mark Schulman. Robinson will have a producer credit.
Other pilot pickups and castings:
– CBS has greenlit a comedy pilot based on the movie “Bad Teacher.” Hillary Winston (“Community,” “Happy Endings”) is writing it, and the movie’s writers, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, are among the executive producers.
– Also at CBS, drama pilot “The Advocates” from “The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller is a go. It centers on a female lawyer and her partner, an ex-con, who work as victim advocates.
– “Party Down” star Ken Marino and “The Daily Show’s” Aasif Mandvi have joined the cast of NBC’s comedy “The Gates.” The show, which also stars Kathleen Rose Perkins (“Episodes”), is about parents whose main interaction comes when they drop off and pick up their kids at school.
– One more from NBC: The network has greenlit a pilot starring comedian John Mulaney and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. It’s a multi-camera comedy based on Mulaney’s life and his friends.
– FOX has ordered a pair of comedy pilots. “Enlisted,” from “Cougar Town” co-creator Kevin Biegel, is about three brothers who are all stationed at the same Army base in Florida. “Two Wrongs” comes from writer Michelle Morgan (“Middle of Nowhere”) and is about a couple whose family and friends don’t think they’re a good match.
Keep up on all the developments in this round of development with Zap2it’s Pilot Season page.