USA Network, the cable channel famous for its light-hearted dramedies, has given the go ahead for two half hour comedy pilots. The network hopes to have at least on on the air for the fall of 2013 when they will begin airing reruns of the hit comedy Modern Family.
The untitled Douglas McGrath project, formally known as On We Go, is a half-hour single camera comedy about an unlucky actor whose Broadway aspirations must be put on hold when he returns to his Texas hometown upon his father’s health taking a turn for the worse. Nathan Lane will star and serve as executive producer. Douglas McGrath will write and executive produce the pilot from Universal Cable Prods.
The second comedy, entitled Paging Dr. Freed, is a half-hour comedy about two brothers who take over the reins of their father’s medical practice after his untimely death. Its format — single-camera, multi-camera or hybrid — is yet to be determined. From Fox 21 and Universal Cable Prods, Michael Feldman will write and executive produce with Katy McCaffrey and Brad Johnson serving as producers.
I’m not sure how I feel about USA going into comedy. I think they have great success with their dramas that it might be a mistake to move away from that formula. It always seems that comedies have the hardest time catching on with viewers, after all, one man’s funny is another man’s stupid. I’m also not a fan of Nathan Lane so I’m not all that excited about these two pickups.