UPDATE: NBC Orders Comedies BAD JUDGE, ONE BIG HAPPY & MISSION CONTROL to Series
NBC has given a midseason series order to Liz Feldman's ONE BIG HAPPY, starring Elisha Cuthbert and Nick Zano, according to Deadline. Ellen DeGeneres produces the comedy. The network has also picked up MISSION CONTROL, starring Krysten Ritter.
One Big Happy "centers on best friends Lizzy (gay and a bit type-A) and Luke (straight and more laid back) who are are like family. When they were kids and both of their parents were getting divorces, Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert, "Happy Endings") and Luke (Nick Zano, "2 Broke Girls") stuck together, and they've been there for each other ever since. Now, all grown up and still single, they've decided to start a family of their own. No, not like that (there are some lines even they won't cross), we're talking the non-romantic, go-to-the-doctor's-office type of babymaking. Then one night, after yet another failed attempt at conception, the two head out to a bar to let off some steam. That's where Luke meets Prudence (Kelly Brook, "Smallville"), a free-spirited British girl who's slated to go back to England in a matter of days. Lizzy isn't a huge fan - it might have something to do with Prudence waltzing around their apartment naked - but Luke really hits it off with her. Soon they're spending every last minute of her limited time together. Then, just as Lizzy discovers that she's actually pregnant, Luke announces that he and Prudence got married and a different kind of family is born. The cast also includes Brandon Smith, Rebecca Corry and Chris Williams."
A Very Good Production produced the pilot in association with Warner Bros. TV
MISSION CONTROL, from writer David Hornsby and producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, is "in the tone of Anchorman". Set in 1962, it will center on a strong woman (Ritter) who goes up against a macho astronaut in the race to land the moon.
UPDATE: Deadline has confirmed that the network has also given a series greenlight to BAD JUDGE, starring Kate Walsh. Walsh plays a sexually unapologetic woman who lives on the edge despite her job as a criminal court judge. Chat Kultgen will executive produce for Universal TV with Gary Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Anne Heche, Jill Messick and Walsh.