After learning about what was perhaps one of the most exciting pieces of news this morning, I couldn’t resist blogging about it. Hello and welcome to the comedy world, Jimmy Fallon Untitled Pilot. Produced by non other than one of the funniest faces on late night, this pilot is set to center on three thirty-something year old men who raise children despite never growing up themselves.
Welcome to the world, NBC pilot. There is almost nothing I love more in this world than NBC Thursdays and NBC comedy. Combine this with Jimmy Fallon and I feel like we could have a winner on our hands.
The pilot is set to be written by comedian Charlie Grandy, writer and producer of shows like SNL, The Office, and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. See, right there you’ve got my attention - SNL and The Daily Show are two of the funniest shows on television, and both from different realms. Charlie Grandy could really bring a great and diverse type of comedy to this show with such an mixed background.
I worry, of course, about the cliches and traps that Fallon’s new pilot could fall in to. Those three men struggling to raise children while they haven’t grown up themselves? Sound familiar? Yeah, Three Men and a Baby. Plus, in order to appeal to a wide audience, they’ll have to fight the struggle to fall into the man cave routine.
On the other hand, there really aren’t that many comedies nowadays that appeal to men. The shows on NBC Thursdays - 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Up All Night, even The Office at times - are either dominated by the funniest women to walk across this planet or have a heavy female following. Maybe this is just because women have more time on Thursdays (a long shot, we’re basically always busy) or just because men like sports more? I’m not sure. But Fallon’s new show could provide a burst of life to NBC Comedy.
But here comes the big question: Is this a show slated to star on NBC Thursdays? With the announcement that Community will be returning to finish its run and might possibly be picked up for the fall, I worry about space. Plus Fallon’s show and Dratch’s Lady Friends? It would be a lot of shows for NBC Thursdays. Of course, NBC could simply expand their Thursdays. It’s not like The Firm will suffer from a different time slot (I still have to find someone who watches that show). It’s clear to me, at least, that with the announcement of these new comedies - both of which look especially appealing - that NBC should try and expand their Thursdays.
With news that Fallon and Dratch are both starting their own shows, in the footsteps of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph, of course, I’m excited for pilot season. I want NBC Thursdays to heat up! The mere idea that Jimmy Fallon will be producing his own show will draw me fast enough, but it’s up to the show to keep me hooked. More on that, of course, when it airs.
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