NBC Developing Comedy Inspired by Pub Quiz Trend
Quiz nights are quite popular at bars, pubs and restaurants today; and it serves as the inspiration for a new comedy series that NBC is developing with actor and writer Chris Moynihan. Read on for more details about this news story.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the peacock network has given Chris Moynihan (“Man Up,” “According to Jim”) a script commitment to develop comedy series about bar trivia quiz nights that’s very popular among 18- to 40-year-old patrons. The show, which carries “Pub Quiz” as its working title, will apparently focus on a group of young friends who gather every week in order to compete with other groups in a regularly hosted pub quiz, otherwise known as quiz nights or trivia nights.
Pub quizzes, although technically developed in the 1970s according to Trivia Packs, saw its rise in popularity a few years back in the UK as a way for establishments to attract customers. It continues to gather patrons even today, as more and more bars across America have adapted the concept. In fact, TV Guide stated that the trend first started in the East Coast and then to Southern California in 2008. Participants to this event are enjoined to answer different questions that are based on pop culture, sports, history and current events, with prizes that may include free drinks and food, as well as other tokens from the host.
NBC has also enlisted Jonathan Prince (“American Dreams”) to executive produce the multi-camera comedy for Universal Television.
THR reported that this would be Moynihan’s second sale for NBC during this development season, as the actor and writer has also sold another comedy, “Hospitality,” with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner as co-executive producers. “Hospitality” will have a unique concept as it will air live every week.
Moynihan first created and starred in a comedy series for NBC back in 2010 with “100 Questions,” which aired during midseason and ran for six episodes. His last comedy series “Man Up!” which he also created, ran for one season (2011-2012) on ABC.
The report doesn’t state if Moynihan will star in this latest project with NBC, but we’ll keep you updated about the development of “Pub Quiz” here on Movie News Guide (MNG).