Mermaid Comedy From Jenny Bicks Gets Put Pilot Commitment At NBC

In a competitive situation, a single-camera comedy from Sex And The City alumna Jenny Bicks has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, where Bicks is under an overall deal, is about a beached mermaid in search of adventure who winds up working in a bar/attraction in Miami with an eclectic group of people as lost as she is. Bicks is the writer-executive producer. She most recently served as executive producer/showrunner on the Showtime dark comedy The Big C. The mermaid project reunites Bicks with NBC topper Bob Greenblatt who, while at Showtime, developed and put the cancer comedy starring Laura Linney on the air. Bicks, repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman, previously created and executive produced the ABC/Warner Bros TV one-hour dramedy Men In Trees and the NBC/NBC Studios comedy Leap Of Faith. Mermaids are in the pop culture zeitgeist at the moment following Animal Planet‘s highly rated and controversial “documentary” specials.

Comments (20)

  • If she can pull off cancer… I guess she can pull off beached mermaid. ???

    Comment by writergal — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 1:52pm PDT  
  • cue people complaining that this is a dumb idea, and then complaining in other pilot news articles that nothing is original.

    Comment by RTV — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 1:55pm PDT  
    • We want original ideas/concepts, not gimmicks.

      Comment by Derek — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 3:35pm PDT  
      • What makes this a gimmick? Because she’s a mermaid? Isn’t it all in execution? Bicks is not a gimmicky writer.

        Comment by huh? — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 10:04pm PDT  
    • Nice job, Nostradamus, predicting that people will complain about an idea this obviously stupid.

      Comment by not impressed — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 3:37pm PDT  
  • I’d like to imagine how this presentation went. “It’s Splash meets Cheers!”

    Comment by Kerry — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 2:02pm PDT  
  • Love Jenny Bicks! Congratulations. She’s a terrific writer.

    Comment by netty worky — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 2:14pm PDT  
  • hahahahahahhahahahahhaaa!!!

    Comment by hahaha — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 2:38pm PDT  
  • Good for Jenny. Terrific writer who’s taking a shot on something fun and light-hearted. If anyone can pull this off in a smart and entertaining way, it’s her. Nice job!

    Comment by Daryl — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 3:31pm PDT  
  • Welcome to 1967. At this point, NBC is pretty well doomed.

    Comment by feh — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 3:36pm PDT  
  • SPLEERS? Can I have a job?

    Comment by Hunter — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 4:40pm PDT  
  • Oh good God…

    Comment by Emsbaba — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 4:51pm PDT  
  • There’s a version of this show that’s great. This will not be that version.

    Comment by Warren G. — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 5:27pm PDT  
    • Curious, Warren, how you could say that from a one-line log line? What is your brilliant version that won’t be made?

      Comment by Bitsy — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 10:02pm PDT  
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