Feresten to script faux yakker for net
Former “Seinfeld” scribe Spike Feresten is getting into the (fake) news business.
Fox is developing a half-hour satirical entertainment news/talkshow to be exec produced and hosted by Feresten, who snagged an Emmy nom for his work on the infamous “Soup Nazi” episode of “Seinfeld.” Fox TV Studios is producing the project, which has been given a pilot presentation order.
“There will be some fake news, but a lot of it will also be based on whatever’s actually going on in showbiz,” Feresten said. Each episode will also feature a celeb guest.
“It’ll be a place for celebrities who have a sense of humor” to have fun with their image, he added.
Feresten said the idea for the project started with his agent, who suggested he develop a movie review show.
“It started me thinking about the unbelievable hype machine” that surrounds showbiz and how that machine is ripe for parody, Feresten said.
Specifics of the skein are still in the early stages of development. Comedy Central is also looking to spoof showbiz, with a pair of entertainment industry-focused projects in the works at the cabler (Daily Variety, Sept. 7).
CAA-repped Feresten most recently served as a writer on last month’s “The Seinfeld Story.” He also co-wrote, with Jerry Seinfeld, DreamWorks’ “The Bee Movie.”
Before “Seinfeld,” Feresten was a scribe on David Letterman’s NBC and CBS latenight skeins.