Grab your microphone and settle in-Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach Adam Levine is execute-producing a new series for NBC. The untitled comedy will be set in a Karaoke bar, and blend comedy with music in a Glee-ful fashion. Jake Kasdan, director of the much-loved Judd Apatow series Freaks and Geeks, and the severely underrated comedy Walk Hard, is attached to direct the project. Levine’s friend Gene Hong, of The Goode Family, is writing the script.
The Karaoke comedy was a hot commodity, but NBC beat out two other networks for the project. Levine already has ties to the network, as winning coach on reality singing competition The Voice. The project may be based on his personal experience; Levine and Hong reportedly met at a karaoke bar Levine frequented. Which doesn’t seem fair, really, how are you supposed to compete with a professional singer like Levine? He’s totally wrecking the grading curve.
The popularity of the project is unsurprising; since Glee, singers are set to overtake wisecracking cops in television ubiquity. Levine, with his television and musical experience, seems like a good fit to oversee the project. Hopefully, the show won’t strive too much for realism; judging from my karaoke experiences, every episode would have to contain an off-key versions of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Hotel California” sung by drunk, slurring people.