Eleven of NBC’s 12 pilots were unable to film in entirety due to coronavirus, which created program rollover in their schedule for seasonal pilots. From the 12 potential shows, NBC has chosen five front-runners for fall filming, according to Hollywood Reporter.
The five chosen shows—Langdon, Ordinary Joe, Night School, American Auto and Grand Crew—are considered the most promising of NBC’s drama and comedy line-ups, sources say, via Hollywood Reporter.
Langdon is based on the 5-book series from Dan Brown. The show will follow main character Robert Langdon as he uses his knowledge of symbols to solve deadly puzzles in an attempt to find his kidnapped mentor. Ashley Zukerman (Succession) will play Langdon, Sammi Rotibi (Lord of War) will play Agent Adamu and Rick Gonzalez (Arrow) will play Nunez.
Ordinary Joe is a drama created by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) that will follow lead Joe Kimbrough, played by James Wolk (Watchmen), in three parallel lives as he makes decisions based on love, loyalty or passion and assesses the changes.
The multicamera comedy Night School will reunite Kevin Hart (Ride Along) and Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) in their struggle to pass the GED exam. The series will follow the 2018 feature film under the same name, via Hollywood Reporter.
American Auto, created by Justin Spitzer (Superstore), is a workplace comedy that takes place at the headquarters of a major Detroit auto company. Harriet Dyer (The InBetween) and Ana Gasteyer (Mean Girls) are cast members.
The final pilot is Grand Crew, a comedy created by Phil Augusta Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Dan Goor (The Daily Show) that follows a group of Black friends. Nicole Byer (Nailed It) and Aaron Jennings (Pure Genius) will join the ensemble cast, via Hollywood Reporter.
Although filming has been put on hold, all 12 pilots at NBC received orders for additional scripts in March. However, the network also has not yet converted any of the 12 into a series, via Hollywood Reporter.