‘Arrested Development’s’ Jason Bateman Sells ’80s Sitcom to NBC
Considering the run of good fortune NBC is having this week — giving full-season orders to both ‘Revolution‘ and its new hit comedies, ‘Go On‘ and ‘The New Normal‘ — and winning premiere week in the ratings for the first time in nine years, the Peacock is definitely in the mood to capitalize. And what better way to capitalize than to get in business with beloved ‘Arrested Development‘ star Jason Bateman? The likeable everyman star will produce a new single-camera period comedy for the network called ‘Then Came Elvis,’ so what’s it all about?
Since it didn’t turn out to be a huge mistake casting Jason Bateman’s ‘Arrested Development’ co-star in ‘Up All Night,’ why not turn to the man himself? Per Deadline, we’ve learned that the star has officially sold single-camera ’80s comedy ‘Then Came Elvis,’ which follows an adult narrator looking back on his teenage years to see how his family came together only after their parents divorced.
The series is loosely based on the real-life experiences of ‘Up All Night‘ producer DJ Nash, who will co-produce the series with Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films production company. It’s unclear if Bateman would have any involvement beyond producing, though we wouldn’t mind having him around as a narrator.
What say you? Can a period comedy work on NBC the way others like ‘Freaks & Geeks’ or ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ failed before? Will you check out ‘Then Came Elvis’?