Pilot Season 2019: Multi-Camera Comedies Remain in High Demand

For the second pilot season in a row, multi-camera comedies have proven to be a hot commodity.

The Big 4 have collectively ordered 28 comedy pilots this year, including two animated straight-to-series orders at Fox. Of those 28, 12 are single-cams and 13 are multi-cams (including one multi-cam hybrid at ABC and two at CBS). There is also a hybrid comedy in the works along with the two animated comedies.

The balance between the two formats comes after several years when multi-cams were all but written off as a defunct format. In 2017, for example, only seven of the 33 comedy pilots ordered were multi-cams. That changed in 2018, with 16 multi-cam pilot orders between the Big 4 versus 14 single-cams.

One TV lit agent who spoke with Variety views this year as a natural “course correction” from when single-cams were all the rage. Following the success of single-camera shows like “Modern Family” and “The Office,” broadcasters bent over backwards to get single-cams on their airwaves.

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