Redefining ‘Normal’

Jacobson in talks to lead Fox's Goodman laffer

“Mad About You” creator Danny Jacobson is in talks to sign on as a new executive producer on Fox’s John Goodman vehicle “Normal, Ohio.”

Jacobson, whose credits also include creating “Two Guys and a Girl,” would work alongside series creator-executive producers Bonnie and Terry Turner and replace creator-exec producer Bob Kushell, who has opted to leave the Carsey-Werner series.

Kushell was brought in after the show’s original pilot had already been shot. Kushell helped re-center the show around Goodman’s character and move “Normal’s” setting to Ohio.

Kushell most recently served as an exec producer, along with Christine Zander, David Sacks and the Turners, on “3rd Rock From the Sun.” Kushell will continue to develop series under a two-year deal inked with Carsey-Werner earlier this year (Daily Variety, March 9).

While nothing’s official yet, it wouldn’t be surprising if Fox Broadcasting ended up making a series commitment to Jacobson in exchange for his agreeing to come on board “Normal.” NBC recently made such a deal with former “Friends” scribe Adam Chase, who’s been tapped to exec produce the Peacock’s new laffer “Cursed” (Daily Variety, Sept. 14.)

Jacobson’s resume also includes “Roseanne” and “Davis Rules.”

Goodman stars in “Normal” as William “Butch” Gamble, an average guy who moves to Los Angeles after coming out to his wife (Mo Gaffney). The series picks up four years later as Butch returns to his Ohio hometown and moves in with his sister to help raise her two children. “Normal” premieres Nov. 1.

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