Rachel Zoe To Executive Produce Single-Camera NBC Comedy Based On Her Life

EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Zoe is already a fixture on Bravo with her eponymous reality series. Now a fictional version of the hot designer/stylist may join the primetime lineup of broadcast sibling NBC. Zoe and her husband Rodger Berman have sold a single-camera comedy to NBC centered on a fictional version of Zoe. The two are executive producing the project, which will be written by writer/performer Aseem Batra (Animal Practice) and directed by Emmy winner Todd Holland. BermanBraun as well as Holland and Karey Burke’s Dark Toy are producing with Universal TV, where both companies have deals. Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, Gene Stein, Burke and Holland are executive producing with Zoe, Roger Berman and Batra.

Comedy projects based on the lives of top TV personalities are hot this season. NBC also has a half-hour in the works executive produced by Private Practice star Kate Walsh and writer Chris Case loosely based on the couple’s personal experience. ABC has a comedy based on America’s Next Top Model‘s Tyra Banks, which she is co-creating/executive producing with writer Kenya Barris, as well as another half-hour from Modern Family co-star Ty Burrell and his brother Duncan inspired by their childhood. Additionally, NBC is developing a music dramedy whose plot represents a fictionalized version of songwriter Diane Warren’s career.

After establishing herself as one of Hollywood’s top stylists, Zoe ventured into designing with the launch last year of the Rachel Zoe Collection, which has since been expanding. The Rachel Zoe Project, which chronicles Zoe’s busy life as a top stylist, up-and-coming designer and a mom, is currently in production for its fifth season. Zoe, Roger Berman, Batra, BermanBraun and Dark Toy are repped by WME. Batra, whose series credits also include The Cleveland Show and Scrubs, is managed by Marc Provissiero. This is her first project under the two-year overall deal with Uni TV she inked in June. Dark Toy is behind NBC’s freshman comedy Go On, whose pilot also was directed by Holland.

Comments (20)

  • it was either Basho or Revelations that said

    When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

    Comment by jack secret — Monday October 15, 2012 @ 2:13pm PDT  
  • Because when people think of Rachel Zoe they think “hilarious NBC sitcom.”

    Comment by Mike — Monday October 15, 2012 @ 2:33pm PDT  
  • Yet another sitcom “based on the life” of a celebrity? Good grief. How many of them have sold this season?

    Guess what, celebs? Your lives are not that interesting.

    Expect another “Are you There Chelsea”

    Comment by Oy vey — Monday October 15, 2012 @ 2:44pm PDT  
    • MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY!

      It has been absolutely ridiculous this season.

      Comment by ae — Monday October 15, 2012 @ 4:12pm PDT  
  • And only 7 non writing executive producers! Good to see the money is going on the screen!

    Comment by frank1 — Monday October 15, 2012 @ 3:02pm PDT  
  • Seriously?!

    Comment by June — Monday October 15, 2012 @ 3:14pm PDT  
  • Because she’s FASCINATING of course. I mean she’s just bananas!

    Comment by monique — Monday October 15, 2012 @ 3:54pm PDT  
  • Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings and even the return of Tim Allen NONE of these have been successful. Yes Allen is still on the air and does better than Whitney and the thankfully cancelled Handler with Rachel Zoe’s reality show is a vacuum so how can someone writing about NOTHING make it funny?

    ABC got Tyra Banks so I guess NBC had to one up them on the Crap-O-Meter.

    Who’s get a show next? The hilarious Kate Gosselin or the comedic genius Kathy Ireland?

    Comment by JJ — Monday October 15, 2012 @ 4:22pm PDT  
    • hilarious. i laughed out loud. so true.

      Comment by jensen — Monday October 29, 2012 @ 4:22pm PDT  
  • WTF is wrong with this picture. I am not in the comedy world but imagine there are a ton of truly talented comedians and comedy writers that should be getting this shot. I hope a bunch of you are reading this and post something really caustic and funny about this development.

    OY VAY

    Comment by Mr T is pissed off — Monday October 15, 2012 @ 4:55pm PDT  
  • Another failure of a show soon to hit the NBC airwaves.

    Comment by Jed — Monday October 15, 2012 @ 4:59pm PDT  
  • I hope Aseem Batra likes writing by herself, because all those nonsense do-nothing executive producers will eat up the entire budget. When will everyone start realizing that the proliferation of these bullshit executive producers are the biggest problem in the TV industry?

    Comment by Doug — Monday October 15, 2012 @ 5:00pm PDT  
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