Nicholas Stoller has sold four comedy projects in the first pitch season under his Sony Pictures TV overall deal. The new comedies coming out from Stoller span multiple networks. A multi-cam sitcom, Our House, written by Brendan O’Brien and The Story of Us written by Mike Royce are coming to CBS. Common Areas, written by Hilary Winston and Mat Harawitz will head to ABC while single-cam Next Door, with writers Steven Cragg and Brian Brandley, will go to Fox.
Stoller is known primarily for his movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, and Neighbors. He also created the Netflix original series Friends from College, whose second season premieres January 11, 2019.
The British-American filmmaker has notably worked with Our House’s O’Brien before. He was a co-writer on both blockbuster Neighbors movies, which Stoller directed. The Story of Us writer Royce is also a name sitcom fans should be excited about. He created both TNT’s Men of a Certain Age and the cult Netflix hit One Day at a Time, and he was an executive producer on the classic Everybody Loves Raymond.
Our House follows a devoted mother trying to raise her children right even though her family is difficult. The Story of Us follows an unlikely couple but shows their story through vignettes and interviews spanning 10 years. Common Areas is about skyrocketing rents forcing adults to live in dorm-like housing. Next Door will follow a diverse neighborhood brought together by trying to solve a local murder.
All of the projects are in competitive situations with penalties. Stoller will executive produce all the projects with his producing partner Conor Welch under the Stoller Global Solutions company.