'Pasadena' creator, Roach team on BevHills skein
Feature pros Mike White (“The Good Girl”) and Jay Roach (“Austin Powers”) have partnered to produce an untitled pilot for the Fox network.
The project, from Brad Grey TV and 20th Century Fox TV, reps a return to the web for White, who created the short-lived drama “Pasadena” last season.
This time around, White will pen the single-camera put pilot, which revolves around a psychology student who winds up living in the guest home of a dysfunctional Beverly Hills clan.
Roach will direct; both White and Roach will executive produce.
Despite his disappointing experience with “Pasadena,” White said Fox remained the obvious home for his slightly twisted take on the world.
“As much as I was frustrated that they abandoned ‘Pasadena’ and didn’t nurture the show like they should have, creatively they were very supportive,” White said. “I was at least able to make the show I wanted to make. This one hopefully people will see.”
Like “Pasadena,” White’s new project focuses on one of his favorite subjects: Families that aren’t as normal as they seem.
In this case, the family is seen through the eyes of an idealistic lead character who feels he can turn this brood around.
Roach said he had been looking for a potential avenue to branch into television, and was drawn to White’s vision for the show.
“He has this great voice, it’s very relatable, these are universal issues and the characters are just slightly bent,” Roach said.
20th Century Fox TV prexy Gary Newman called the White-Roach pairing his “dream team.”
“You’ve got two of the finest comedy voices in the business,” Newman said.
“When we went after Mike it was with the expectation that he’d be looking to do an hour-long show. When he told us he had real passion for a particular half-hour idea, we were thrilled. A successful half-hour remains the true home run in our business.”
With White and Roach on board, Brad Grey TV prexy Peter Traugott said the duo will have a great deal of freedom to follow through with their vision.
“Ultimately who knows what will come from it,” Traugott said. “But at least it will be what Mike and Jay wanted to do.”
White is repped by William Morris and attorney Robert Offer, while Roach is repped by ICM, Gold/Miller and Howard Abramson.