News

NBC plans online talent search for its next sitcom

NBC plans online talent search for its next sitcom

THE PEACOCK: NBC execs want you to pitch them your sitcom idea. Photo: Associated Press

Pasadena, Calif (Reuters) – NBC, closing in on its first ratings victory in a decade in the 18 to 49-year-old age group that advertisers most want, is hitting the Internet in its search for the next “Friends” or “Seinfeld.”

The contest, dubbed “NBC Comedy Playground,” will give aspiring comedy writers a chance to submit videos and pitches that could be made into prime-time sitcoms, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke told a conference of TV critics on Tuesday.

NBC, a unit of cable company Comcast, will select up to 10 finalists to make pilots.

An advisory panel, including Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler and Sean Hayes, will help select two shows that will air on NBC during the summer of 2015. The public will vote online for a third that will be made into a digital program.

Videos can be submitted online starting on May 1.

(Reporting by Ronald Grover; Editing by Stephen Coates)

Recent Headlines

in Music

Miranda Lambert working on comedy screenplay

miranda

Miranda Lambert is hoping to add screenplay writer and actress to her resumé.

in Entertainment

Chris Pratt goes from slob to heartthrob

chrispratt

With a more buff physique than his character Andy Dwyer on "Parks and Recreation," Pratt combines cocky and dorky into an unlikely leader of a band of outcasts bent on saving the galaxy.

in Viral Videos

Little girl doesn’t want her brother to grow up

Sister Grows Up

Five-year-old Sadie doesn't want her little brother to grow up because he's too cute now as a baby.

in Entertainment

Drew Barrymore’s sister found dead

drewbarrymore

Jessica Barrymore, daughter of actors John Drew Barrymore and Nina Wayne, was found dead in her car.

in Music

Dozens of arrests, alleged rape mar Keith Urban concert

keithurban

Dozens of concertgoers were arrested, more than 40 treated for "alcohol-related" illness, and a 17-year-old girl was reportedly sexually assaulted during a weekend show.