‘Superstore’ Creator Heads Up ‘American Auto’ Comedy Series

American Auto
Michael Benjamin Washington as Cyrus, Ana Gasteyer as Katherine, Humphrey Ker as Elliot, Harriet Dyer as Sadie, and Tye White as Jack in ‘American Auto’ (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)

NBC’s officially moving forward with series orders for two comedies and one new drama. Justin Spitzer, the creator of Superstore, is currently working on a comedy set in the car world titled American Auto. Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer Phil Augusta Jackson is heading up the comedy Grand Crew where the action will take place at a wine bar.

The upcoming drama La Brea from writer and executive producer David Applebaum (NCIS: New Orleans) catapults family members into a primeval world.

“Our driving force has always been to seek out talented storytellers who have a strong point of view,” stated Lisa Katz, the recently named President of Scripted Content. “While these shows are very different thematically, what they have in common is a unique voice, excellent world-building, and compelling storytelling. We can’t wait to share them with TV fans everywhere.”

All three just-announced series are expected to premiere during the 2021-2022 season.

NBC released the following details on the three new shows:

    Genre: Comedy (single-cam)
    Studio: Universal Television
    Production companies: Spitzer Holding Company, Kapital Entertainment
    Writer/EP: Justin Spitzer (Superstore)
    Director/EP: Jeff Blitz (pilot)
    EP: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
    Cast: Ana Gasteyer, Jon Barinholtz, Harriet Dyer, Humphrey Ker, Michael B. Washington, Tye White and X Mayo
    Logline: Set at the headquarters of a major American automotive company in Detroit where a floundering group of executives try to rediscover the company identity amidst a rapidly changing industry.
    Genre: Comedy (single-cam)
    Studio: Universal Television
    Writer/EP: Phil Augusta Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
    EP: Dan Goor
    Director/Co-EP: Mo Marable (pilot)
    Cast: Echo Kellum, Justin Cunningham, Carl Tart, Aaron Jennings and Nicole Byer
    Logline: A group of Black friends unpack the ups and downs of life and love at a wine bar.
    Genre: Drama
    Studio: Universal Television
    Production company: Keshet Studios
    Writer/EP: David Applebaum (NCIS: New Orleans)
    EP’s: Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Ken Woodruff
    Cast: Natalie Zea, Zyra Gorecki and Chiké Okonkwo. Additional cast will be announced shortly.
    Logline: When a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter. When part of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home.