TBS Orders Police Comedy Pilot Written, Directed & Produced by Steve Carell

By November 6, 2013

Steve Carell - TBS

While Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” enjoys their full season order, TBS is gearing up to launch a police comedy series of their own in the coming months.

Variety has word that TBS, who has really dug into original comedy programming since 2006, has picked up a new pilot called “Tribeca” from Steve Carell and his wife Nancy Carell, by way of “The Office” star’s Carousel Television banner.

The series is said to take a satirical look at the police procedural, following Angie Tribeca, a 10-year vet of LAPD’s elite RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit). Just that information alone makes this sound like it could be borderline parody, perhaps like a “3o Rock” meets “Law & Order” type of show. The single-camera series will follow these criminal investigators who “reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served…sort of.”

Steve Carell - Nancy Carell

Steve Carell will direct the pilot (he previously directed three episodes of “The Office”), and he also wrote the script with his wife. Each of them will act as executive producers on the new series as well. TBS must like being in business with Carell since they also picked up a game show called “Slide Show” recently as well.

Frankly, I’m a bit disappointed to see an original endeavor like this from Carell end up at TBS. The network has definitely produced successful comedies, but the quality leaves more than a little to be desired. TBS, along with USA, seem to produce junior varsity level TV programming not ready for the big primetime networks. There’s yet to be a single series on either channel that has piqued my interest (“Conan” and “The Pete Holmes Show” don’t count), and I wish Carell could have found a bigger network home for his project. Obviously, he already has a standing relationship with TBS since “The Office” reruns are playing there all the time, but it’s a shame this didn’t end up at NBC. Still, we’ll hope for the best.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.