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Fanboys screenwriters Ernest Cline and Adam F. Goldberg have both expressed enthusiasm for 80s nostalgia in their work since the 2009 film. Cline's demonstration of his appreciation for the 80s came in the form of Ready Player One, his excellent sci-fi novel, which manages to be both nostalgic and futuristic in all the right ways. And for Goldberg, it might be How The F Am I Normal, a TV project that's been in the works for a while and just got a pilot order from ABC.
The comedy project was originally slated for Fox and worked into a deal that involved Goldberg's funny but cancelled Breaking In, which was uncancelled and given a second season. Breaking In has since been re-cancelled, and How The F Am I Normal moved from Fox to ABC, getting a production commitment from the network earlier this fall. The comedy follows a dysfunctional family in the 80's.
Deadline shared the news today that ABC has given How The F Am I Norma an early pilot order. Seth Gordon will direct the pilot, which will be executive produced by him and Goldberg, along with Happy Madison's Doug Robinson. From what the site reports, the family featured in the pilot includes a hot-tempered father and an in-your-face mother "who love their three eccentric kids so much, they can’t bear to see them grow up."
As an 80s kid, I was really hoping we'd hear good news about this one and a pilot order is definitely a step in the right direction. Now we'll have to wait and see who's cast in the project and whether or not it gets picked up to series.