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Neil LaBute, of All People, Now Has an NBC Sitcom in the Works

Neil LaBute, of All People, Now Has an NBC Sitcom in the Works

Neil LaBute is doubling down on the television projects. The playwright and filmmaker has his first TV venture, “Full Circle,” set to premiere on DirecTV next month, a 10-episode limited series he wrote based on “La Ronde.” He’s also got a series of 10 short films he’ll write and direct slated to air on DirecTV later in the fall.

And now, according to Deadline, LaBute has a full-on network sitcom in the works.

NBC’s bought “Harmony House,” a half-hour comedy written and executive produced by LaBute and focused on a young psychiatric resident who falls in love with a patient at the mental institution at which he’s just been hired. Per Deadline, “the single-camera project is a romantic comedy that reminds us that love can drive you a little crazy.”

While “Full Circle” sounds very much up LaBute’s alley, inspired by a play and focused on talky sessions between different characters at restaurants, the idea of a mainstream network comedy from the man who wrote “In the Company of Men” is a little mind-boggling. But LaBute has made commercial forays in the world of film before, albeit with mixed results — he wrote and directed the disastrous remake of “The Wicker Man,” and helmed the thriller “Lakeview Terrace” and the comedy (also a remake) “Death at a Funeral.” So how can this consent issue-filled romantic premise possibly go wrong?

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