CBS has put out a pilot order for a comedy seemingly based on Echo Fox founder Rick Fox‘s life, NBC is developing esports comedy ‘The Squad’ with Big Bang Theory actor Johnny Galecki.
The Big Bang Theory-inspired series will be executive produced under Alcide Bava, Galecki’s production company. Anthony Del Broccolo, co-executive producer and writer of Big Bang Theory, will join Galecki along with Holly Brown and Cory Wood of Alcide Bava.
The NBC news came recently from Joe Otterson at Variety, stating:
“A former “Big Bang Theory” star and one of the show’s writers are developing a multi-camera comedy about eSports at NBC, Variety has learned.
Titled “The Squad,” the project hails from executive producer Johnny Galecki and writer and executive producer Anthony Del Broccolo, who was previously a writer and co-executive producer on “Big Bang Theory.” The new show follows a new group of friends (and sometimes enemies) who find companionship and common ground in their mutual love of competitive eSports.
Galecki is executive producing under his Alcide Bava banner, along with the company’s Holly Brown. Cory Wood of Alcide Bava will serve as producer. Warner Bros. Television, which also produced “Big Bang Theory,” will serve as the studio.”
Rick Fox’s autobiographical series “follows a recently retired pro basketball star who attempts to reconnect with his estranged son by buying an eSports franchise,” according to Variety. Fox will executive produce the series and will be joined by Dan Kopelman and Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honour.
CBS has reportedly handed a put pilot commitment for this show, which means that the network will face penalties if it does not air the episode. Generally, this guarantees that the pilot will be picked up by the network and be made into a series. According to Variety,
“The untitled single-camera series follows a recently retired pro basketball star who attempts to reconnect with his estranged son by buying an eSports franchise. Dan Kopelman will write and executive produce. Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment will also executive produce along with Rick Fox. Warner Bros. Television, where Kopelman is under an overall deal, will serve as the studio.”
These series will be the first of their kind as esports-dedicated scripted comedies on major television networks, though it’s not the first time esports has featured on the small screen. HBO’s Ballers recently featured a LCS-inspired arc where Fox himself made a cameo appearance.
Release dates for the pilot episodes are yet to be announced but more information will be reported on as updates are made.