Steve Carell to Write, Direct TBS Comedy Pilot ‘Tribeca’
The single-camera comedy is based on an original idea by Steve and his wife, Nancy.
TBS is going into the Steve Carell business.
The Turner-owned cable network has ordered a comedy pilot written and executive produced by The Office alum and his wife, Nancy Carell, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The couple created and will write and executive produce Tribeca, a satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca, a 10-year veteran of the LAPD’s elite RHCU — Really Heinous Crimes Unit. The single-camera comedy explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served … sort of. These dedicated men and women are more than counter-intuitive; they are nonintuitive. Carell will direct the pilot, which hails from his Carousel Productions banner.
For TBS, the comedy joins fellow pilots Do It Yourself starring Bill Engvall and the untitled half-hour from Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine, Conan).Should Tribeca move to series, it would join a roster that includes Bill Lawrence’s upcoming comedy Ground Floor, the 10th season of American Dad, Cougar Town, Sullivan & Son, Men at Work and a roster of unscripted fare.
Tribeca comes as Carousel continues its push into television. The banner recently set up unscripted celebrity competition series Slide Show at Fox, with Shine America on board to produce.
For her part, Nancy Carell is a Saturday Night Live alum whose credits also include The Goode Family, The Office and roles in Bridesmaids and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, among others.
Steve Carell is repped by WME.
I was told there would be all these attractive singles and as far as I can tell, I’m the best looking person here.
Steve and Nancy Carell at Hope Springs premiere.
Raising kids is hard enough, but can you imagine the extra hair-raising moments raising them in Hollywood? We figured that had to be a concern for father of two Steve Carell, who seems about as down to earth as they get in show business. But it’s not an issue, he says.
"I don’t really worry about it because I think it’s the friends that you surround yourself with, and the relationships that [your kids] have and that you introduce them to, and also what you as parents bring to the table" said the Golden Globe-winning actor and comedian.
Steve says he and his wife Nancy, who’s an actor, comedian and writer (they met doing improv together in Chicago), have “nothing against Hollywood” but “it doesn’t define” who they are.
One Downside to Being a Celebrity Dad
That said, Steve admits there are times when his and his wife’s celebrity (she appeared on The Office, The Daily Show and SNL) does slightly impact their ability to live a normal and private life. “The only thing that’s a little odd is if we’re out to dinner, something like that, and somebody will pull one of us aside and say, ‘Can we have a picture?’ or something like that, which is fine. … And it doesn’t happen a lot, but I can see that it’s a little strange for my kids because neither my wife nor I want them to interpret that in any strange way.”
Futures in Show Business?
Steve didn’t set out to be an actor or a comedian. In fact, he was planning to go to law school until he sat down to fill out his college application. “I couldn’t answer it,” he said. “I just didn’t know why I wanted to be an attorney.”
It was his parents who encouraged him to be an actor, to follow something he wanted to do that would make him happy. “They both said, ‘It’s your life. You know you need to go in every day to do a job that you love. … Who cares what we want? At this point, it’s about you,” he said, remembering what his mom and dad told him. “I want my kids to feel the same way, that they’re pursuing something, whatever it is that the enjoy and that they have a passion for,” he said.
So are either of the Carell children showing an interest in being on the big screen? “Not beyond just the casual fun of school plays and things like that,” he said. “But also, I would not encourage it for them as children in a professional way. I think reserve that for when … it’s time to go out and learn a craft or go to college,” the proud and darling dad said. “Right now they should be kids.”
Steve and Nancy Carell at the premiere for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (x)