NBC Gives Pilot Orders To Comedies ‘Mason Twins’ & ‘A To Z’
Single-camera Mason Twins, from ABC Studios, is written/exec produced by Wilson and Raphael and exec produced by Stacy Traub who supervised the script. Having been estranged for 15 years, fraternal twins Pender and Lizzie Mason reconnect after Lizzie’s perfect city life has fallen apart, and she returns to her suburban town to find that her sister hasn’t matured past her teen queen days. The project stems from the deal Happy Endings and SNL alumna Wilson and Raphael inked with ABC Studios in August. The duo also has DINKS, a half-hour with Jonathan Groff, at ABC with a pilot production commitment. Wilson and Raphael, who met in a clown class at NYU, are longtime writing and stage partners and best friends. They have performed together at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, co-wrote the feature Bride Wars and wrote and starred in the film Ass Backwards.
A To Z, from Warner Bros Television, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train and writer Ben Queen, is a whimsical romantic comedy set in the world of an online dating company that details the “A to Z’s” of a relationship — from meeting to break-up. The ensemble navigates the complicated world of modern dating and poses the question: Is there such a thing as destiny? Queen, Jones and McCormack executive produce. Jeff Grosvenor, Le Train Train’s head of development, is producing. This marks the first pilot order for Le Train Train, which is in its first development season at WBTV. A To Z had a put pilot commitment, as does the company’s Stuck with Ali Rushfield at Fox. Le Train Train’s sales also include The Revengers with Kara Taylor at the CW and a project at HBO. Queen, creator of the Fox series Drive, also has an adaptation of the comic book Unthinkable for Fox with a put pilot commitment with Howard Gordon exec producing.