NBC Orders Church Choir Comedy Pilot Starring Bradley Whitford

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NBC has given a pilot order to an untitled single-camera comedy (fka All Together Now) starring Bradley Whitford in his return to the network where he starred on Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The comedy hails from frequent collaborators Lesley Wake Webster (Speechless) and Jason Winer (Single Parents), and 20th Century Fox TV, where Winer’s Small Dog Picture Company is based. NBC nabbed the project in October with a put pilot commitment and Whitford executive producing and potentially starring.

Written by Webster, the untitled comedy is about a rural church choir that gets the director it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy League music professor (Whitford) stumbles through their door.

Webster and Whitford executive produce alongside Winer and Jon Radler of Small Dog Picture Company.

The comedy is expected to incorporate musical numbers, with Adam Anders, who served as executive music producer on 20th TV’s music-driven dramedy Glee, on board as executive producer.

Whitford has a one-year series regular deal to reprise his role as Commander Joseph Lawrence on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Additionally, the Emmy winner will be seen in two movies20th Century Fox’s Call of the Wild and Netflix’s Sergio. 

Whitford next stars in Nati Geo’s limited series Valley of the Boom, set during Silicon Valley’s tech boom. He also can be seen in crime drama The Destroyer alongside Nicole Kidman. Whitford is repped by ICM Partners and Greenlight Management.

At ABC, Winer and his Small Dog Picture Co. have another hot single-camera prospect, Woman Up. Winer is repped by ICM Partners, as well as Mosaic and Morris Yorn.

Webster and Winer previously worked together on CBS/20th TV’s comedy series Life in Pieces. This is their third time developing together. Two seasons ago, their comedy for Fox, Type A, also went to pilot starring Eva Longoria . Webster is repped by WME.

Chandler OBrien