Fox Buys Comedy From John Legend Based On His Own Life
John Legend has been making a move into the television sphere over the past year or so, and now the man has sold a single-camera comedy to Fox. The project focuses on the life of a young man who finds himself, quite suddenly, as the guardian of his younger siblings. The project will follow the man as he deals with being a parental figure to the kids, while trying to live his own life and work on his career. The plot is loosely based on the life of Legend himself.
Deadline is reporting the project will be written by the team behind Sons of Tucson, Tommy Dewey and Greg Bratman, who will also co-executive produce the series. Executive producing are Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stikorious from Legend's company, Get Lifted, as well as Katherine Pope and Peter Chernin of Chernin Productions. This is not the first comedy Get Lifted has sold to network television. NBC bought a family comedy, Mixed Blessings last fall.
While he continues working towards getting a comedy series on the air, John Legend has been popping up elsewhere on TV. This past summer he starred in the singing competition series Duets, replacing Lionel Richie after Richie dropped out of the show. He also produced a music special for Showtime that he hosted. The singer-songwriter appears determined to make a name for himself in a new medium, and it seems likely that something will eventually stick. This new comedy project sounds more interesting to me than the previous one sold to NBC, and Fox may be the right home for it.
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