Seth MacFarlane And Ted Co-Writers' Live-Action Comedy Gets Pilot Commitment At Fox
Between Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad, Seth MacFarlane has a pretty sizable corner in Fox's primetime line-up. MacFarlane, who recently hosted the Saturday Night Live season premiere, is working with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild on a new comedy, which would be a live-action comedy for Fox.
Deadline reports that Fox has picked up the multi-camera live-action comedy MacFarlane is writing with his Ted co-writers Sulkin and Wild, who also wrote for some of MacFarlane's TV series. The project has been given a put-pilot commitment at Fox, with a series penalty behind it. There's no title for the comedy yet, but it will center on "two successful guys in their 30s who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them." It sounds like there could be some buddy-comedy elements to that, and with the success of the feature comedy Ted, which focused on a man and his childhood pal (a talking teddy bear), it seems like this trio would be well suited to take on a project like this.
There's also definite potential for some great casting here, especially if they can bring in some big names for the fathers. Given the mentioned penalty and MacFarlane's relationship with Fox, the chances seem stronger than average that this one will go to series. The only thing that might work against it is that multi-camera comedies haven't exactly been thriving at Fox. I Hate My Teenage Daughter was one of the recent multi-cam comedies to debut on the network (2011) and it didn't make it through its first season. Most of what the network is showing in the comedy department is either animated or single-camera. SO, we'll have to wait and see how things go.
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