Michael Esper in the Off-Broadway production of Assistance
Photo by Joan Marcus
NBC will develop a single-camera comedy based on Leslye Headland's Assistance, which was given its New York City premiere earlier this year at Playwrights Horizons.
According to Deadline.com, the NBC project will also be written by Headland and will be produced by Universal TV. Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum, Owen Burke and Adam McKay are executive producers.
Assistance, the darkly comic work about ambition and celebrity and the allure of power, began performances Feb. 3, 2012, at PH's Mainstage Theater and played through March. The production featured Bobby Steggert, Michael Esper, Sue Jean Kim, Virginia Kull, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe and Amy Rosoff.
Here's how the work was described: "For these young assistants, life is an endless series of humiliations at the hands of their hellacious boss, a powerful uber-magnate. In rare moments of calm when the phone calls stop rolling, Nick and Nora and their traumatized co-workers question whether all their work will lead to success — or just more work. [It's] a biting, high-octane satire about our attraction to power and what we're willing to sacrifice to stay in its orbit."