The world has been bereft of Zach Braff’s goofball humor since 2010, but according to Indiewire, we are in for a quirky guy revival.
ABC has recently picked up the half-hour comedy Start Up for a put pilot deal. For those of us that don’t speak television shorthand, this means that a network will air Start Up as either a special or a series, so this deal almost guarantees the pilot to air (and subsequently have a larger chance of getting picked up for a season) so ABC won’t have to face penalties by reneging on the agreement.
There are a few reasons I can see why airing Start Up might create a few hang-ups. Indiewire reports that the show is a single-camera comedy revolving around the thirty-something man (who will obviously be played by Braff) with a wife and two young children who decides to quit his stable job to start his own business. The single-camera style can be a tad disorienting to a viewer of traditional sitcoms, but Braff himself is evidence that such a show can work, as he previously starred in Scrubs. Additionally, Deadline reports that the story is based on reality, using the podcast Start Up by Alex Blumberg as grounds for the series.
Scrubs and Start Up have several traits in common, it seems, beyond the risky single-camera format. Aside from Braff’s starring role (which garnered him one Emmy nomination in 2005 and three Golden Globe nominations in 2005, 2006, and 2007), Braff is also partnering with Matt Tarses, who previously worked on the hospital-centric comedy. Tarses will executive produce Start Up alongside Braff, John Davis, John Fox, Chris Giliberti, Matt Lieber, and Alex Blumberg.
As for who will be masterminding this pilot, the fate will rest almost squarely on Braff’s shoulders. He is currently signed on to direct the episode, on top of his commitment to star in it. No word yet on who will be penning the series, but the showrunners can always have Braff wear yet another hat, as he’s had copious writing experience with his break-out movie Garden State and Kickstarter-funded Wish I Was Here.
Scrubs managed to capture the hearts and funny bones of millions of people, and I’m happy to see ABC, Tarses, and Braff reuniting for this new series. Scrubs had the ability to emotionally wreck you, make you laugh through your tears, and keep you scanning for that next episode. With such a promising precedent for Start Up, it only looks good from here.