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NBC Orders ‘Guys With Kids’ From Jimmy Fallon

Guys with Kids

Sheesh, don’t they want to keep a little money to keep the dishes functioning?  Maybe chin-rests for Leno’s off-hours?  A billboard or two for ‘Community?’  NBC won’t officially unveil their fall lineup until this coming Monday May 17, but have continued adding to the list of shows granted an early pickup.  So what’s the latest, and whose humor can we expect?

In addition to the ever-expanding slate of original programming picked up this week, NBC has decided to add its first three-camera sitcom of the mix: parenting comedy ‘Guys with Kids,’ written and produced by Charles Grandy, and executive produced by former ‘Saturday Night Live‘ cast member and current ‘Late Night’ host Jimmy Fallon.

‘Guys with Kids’ follows three 30-something guys (Jesse Bradford, Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger) who enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves, while the pilot also features ‘The Sopranos‘ vet Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tempestt Bledsoe, and Sara Rue. Rue’s role is in second position to an ABC pilot, meaning she may need to be recast or written out.

The bigger question remains of what to pair ‘Guys with Kids’ with, given that unless NBC decides to renew ‘Whitney,’ ‘Guys’ will act as the only three-camera laugh track sitcom on the network.  ‘Whitney’ maintained definitively low ratings during its first season, though still maintains an outside shot at renewal, while NBC’s other three-camera ‘Are You There, Chelsea?’ is almost assuredly gone.  Typically, three-cameras do best in a block format, as CBS has used to its advantage for years now with shows like ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Two and a Half Men,’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother.’

If not ‘Whitney’ or a single-camera, ‘Guys with Kids’ might find itself paired alongside another family-themed sitcom awaiting decision ‘Daddy’s Girls.’  Personally, we think it would do just fine alongside ‘Up All Night,’ were it to be renewed as well.

What say you?  Has NBC’s experimentation with prime time three-camera sitcoms paid off, or are they best sticking with single-camera?  Will you watch ‘Guys with Kids,’ if only for some of that Jimmy Fallon smarm?  Give us your thoughts on pilot season in the comments!

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