Carlton Cuse's 'The Sixth Gun,' Comedies From Dick Wolf, Jason Bateman and Justin Spitzer Land NBC Pilot Orders

Lesley Goldberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Carlton Cuse's 'The Sixth Gun,' Comedies From Dick Wolf, Jason Bateman and Justin Spitzer Land NBC Pilot Orders

NBC is going into business with Lost's Carlton Cuse, Jason Bateman, Peter Traugott, Liz Brixius and Dick Wolf.

The network on Tuesday ordered to pilot The Sixth Gun, an adaptation of Oni Press' graphic novel of the same name, and comedies Holding Patters, Girlfriend in a Coma and an untitled entry from DJ Nash and exec producer Bateman. All four projects are set up at NBC's sister studio, Universal Television.

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Cuse and screenwriter Ryan Condal are behind Oni Press’ graphic novel series The Sixth Gun for NBC. The project, which is being produced by Universal TV and Oni's production company Closed on Mondays Entertainment, is the story of six mythical guns in the Old West. When the Sixth Gun, the most powerful and dangerous of the group, resurfaces in the hands of an innocent girl named Becky Montcrief, dark forces reawaken. 

Condal will pen the script with Cuse set to serve as exec producer and showrunner on the Universal Television and Oni Press-produced drama. Eric Gitter and Andy Borne will exec produce the drama. The Sixth Gun marks Cuse's second project this season, joining A&E's upcoming Psycho-inspired drama series Bates Motel, which bows in March. Cuse is with WME.


Comedy Holding Patterns hails from The Office’s Justin Spitzer, who is writing and executive producing the multicamera ensemble comedy. The half hour effort centers on a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash.


The move comes a year or so after Spitzer inked an overall deal with Universal Media, which will produce the project. Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan on board as executive producers through their Universal TV-based TBD Productions. Spitzer, who has been with The Office since season three, is repped by UTA and Morris Yorn.

Girlfriend in a Coma, meanwhile, hails from Universal Television and Wolf Films and revolves around a 34-year-old woman who wakes up from a coma after almost two decades to find out she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she was unaware of when her life was put on hold. Former Nurse Jackie showrunner Brixius will pen the script and serve as an executive producer alongside Dick Wolf on the single-camera comedy. Should the drama go to series and rookie Chicago Fire and veteran Law & Order: SVU earn renewals, Wolf would have three shows on the air.

The untitled DJ Nash effort revolves around a son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother’s newfound adolescence watches his family come closer together post-divorce. It is said to be loosely based on Nash's life. Arrested Development’s Jason Bateman and his Aggregate Films president Jim Garavente are on board as non-writing executive producers on the single-camera project, with Up All Night’s Nash writing and executive producing. The news comes roughly a year after Bateman’s Aggregate Films was launched with first-look deals at both Universal Pictures and Universal TV. Nash is repped by CAA.