After a bidding war among several broadcast networks, NBC has snagged Sarah Silverman’s single-camera comedy project with a hefty put pilot commitment. (A "put pilot" is a deal to produce a pilot that includes substantial penalties if the pilot is not aired; thus, it is a virtual guarantee that a pilot will be picked up).
The comedy, a pet project of Imagine head Ron Howard, drew strong interest from all networks it was pitched to, with two, NBC and ABC, offering major commitments. Loosely based on Silverman’s life, the untitled single-camera comedy will star the comedian as a woman readjusting to the single life after a decade-long live-in relationship. Silverman is writing the pilot with Dan Sterling and Jon Schroeder, who were writer-producers on her Comedy Central series "The Sarah Silverman Program". Silverman, Howard, Sterling, Grazer and Francie Calfo are executive producing. At NBC, Silverman will join two other female comedians known for their raunchy, no-holds-barred standup: Whitney Cummings, creator and star of her own series on NBC, "Whitney", which launches this fall, and Handler, who is behind another upcoming sitcom on the network.