|Casey Wilson (l) and Busy Philipps|
film a scene in the new NBC pilot
The Sackett Sisters
In the potential new series -- which sources say if picked up may be held for midseason, to accommodate Casey Wilson's pregnancy -- two estranged sisters perform a Sully Sullenberger-esque act of public heroism, then are forced to navigate their newfound notoriety together.
NBC is already leading the pack with new series announcements, with its previous pickups of two new dramas, Rise and For God and Country. On the comedy side, the network has the now 12-episode revival of Will & Grace -- which will need some comedy company. Although multi-cam sitcoms like W&G generally work better with other multi-cams, the network has only one of those -- Relatively Happy, from W&G co-creator Max Mutchnick and Trial & Error co-creator Jeff Astrof -- among its pilots. One of ABC's multi-cam pilots, Carol Burnett's Household Name, is produced by NBC Universal, so it could end up at the Peacock Network if ABC cuts it loose.
But regardless of format, NBC needs new comedy blood, and The Sackett Sisters -- which comes with an impressive pedigree, having been created by 30 Rock writer Luke del Tredici and executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock -- seems to be leading the pack as of this writing. Stay tuned for more announcements from NBC, leading up to its big upfront morning of Monday, May 15.