Tuesday, January 12, 2021

'American Auto,' 'Grand Crew' and 'La Brea' Receive Series Orders at NBC

NBC has today given series orders to the original comedy series American Auto and Grand Crew as well as the original drama series La Brea. The comedies filmed pilots last summer, while the drama was picked up on the strength of six scripts being written.

"Our driving force has always been to seek out talented storytellers who have a strong point of view," said Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content, NBC. "While these shows are very different thematically, what they have in common is a unique voice, excellent world building, and compelling storytelling. We can't wait to share them with TV fans everywhere."

Set at the headquarters of a major American automotive company in Detroit, American Auto centers on a floundering group of executives trying to rediscover the company identity amidst a rapidly changing industry.

The comedy stars Ana Gasteyer, Jon Barinholtz, Harriet Dyer, Humphrey Ker, Michael B. Washington, Tye White and X Mayo.

Superstore creator Justin Spitzer wrote the pilot, which was directed by Jeff Blitz. They executive produce with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor. Universal Television, Kapital Entertainment and Spitzer Holding Company produce.

Grand Crew revolves around a group of Black friends who unpack the ups and downs of life and love at a wine bar.

The comedy stars Echo Kellum, Justin Cunningham, Carl Tart, Aaron Jennings and Nicole Byer.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine producer Phil Augusta Jackson wrote the pilot, which was directed by Maurice Marable. They executive produce with Dan Goor. Universal Television produces.

In La Brea, when a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter. When part of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home.

Natalie Zea, Zyra Gorecki and Chiké Okonkwo star in the drama. Additional casting will be announced soon.

David Applebaum created the drama. He executive produces with Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan and Ken Woodruff. Universal Television and Keshet Studios produce.