NBC Wants You to Send Them Sitcom Ideas (And They Might Even Pay You)

NBC may be out of good sitcom ideas, but through a new online contest, they’re hoping you can help. The NBC Comedy Playground campaign is an effort to give aspiring comedy writers—with no formal writing or comedy experience—the opportunity to submit sitcom concepts directly to the network. From there, a team of TV comedy experts (including Aziz Ansari, Jason Bateman, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and others) will pick at least 10 finalists. The submitters of the chosen concepts will then be given the cash to produce and film a pilot. Two of those shows will be picked to actually have up to five episodes air on the network, with the creators getting paid. NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke told EW, “We are taking a bold, alternative approach in what we hope will uncover original comedy minds who are looking for a way to get into the television business.” So, here’s our pitch: The show would follow the hilarious tomfoolery of a suburban family, who (wait for it) has a lifelike, intelligent android for a 10-year-old daughter. Boom, contest over …

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