'American Auto,' an NBC pilot starring Ana Gasteyer, will be set in Detroit


  • Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock

American Auto
, a single-camera sitcom about a Detroit car company, got the green light from NBC to make a pilot starring Ana Gasteyer.

American Auto takes place in the corporate offices of a Detroit automotive company, according to the Detroit Free Press. Gasteyer, a former cast member of Saturday Night Live, is set to play the CEO of the fictional Payne Motors. The show will touch on navigating the ever-changing and ever so challenging automotive world. Since it has not yet been approved to become a series, details about the show are limited. 

The show comes from writer/producer Justin Spitzer, the producer of NBC’s Superstore and also a former writer for The Office. While many shows in the pilot stage are often discarded, Spitzer’s involvement is a good sign that American Auto could make it onto our screens. NBC typically announces its decisions about new shows in May. 

Spitzer’s current NBC show, Superstore, is now in its fifth season. Much like American Auto, Superstore is also based on a company and its employees. The show has tackled many workplace issues, including ICE raids and the brevity of maternity leave. It’d be no surprise if American Auto confronted the more serious issues the automotive industry faces while still being both entertaining and hilarious.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.