Thesp returns to net will 'All in the Family'-like laffer
Bernie Mac is teaming with “King of the Hill” scribe Dean Young to develop an “All in the Family”-like laffer for Fox.
Project is the first to emerge from thesp’s Mac Mac Prods. shingle. Regency and 20th Century Fox TV — the studios behind “The Bernie Mac Show” — are onboard to produce via their overall deal with Mac for scripted projects.
Young will write the pilot and exec produce with Mac and Steven Greener of Industry Entertainment. Mac will not star in the project, which is currently untitled.
Fox has attached a penalty to its script order.
Potential skein, expected to be set in either Gotham or Chi, will revolve around “a family that loves too much,” Young said.
“If there’s a dysfunction, it’s that they’re too close to each other,” he added.
As with “All in the Family,” the new project will feature a young woman and her new husband who end up living next door to her father and mother.
Father and son-in-law “are complete opposites: religiously, politically, the (son) doesn’t have a job,” Young said. “The show’s really about these two people building a relationship.”
Unlike Norman Lear’s classic skein, the Fox project won’t be as politically charged.
“I don’t think it’ll focus on as many topical issues as ‘All in the Family,’ ” Young said. “We want to do a show that’s both edgy and relatable.”
The family at the show’s core will also be African-American, unlike the Bunkers.
Project is loosely based on Mac’s recent experience as a new father-in-law and Young’s own life as a newlywed.
Mac is an exec producer on “The Bernie Mac Show,” in its fifth season on Fox. Thesp’s recent feature credits include “Mr. 3000,” “Guess Who” and “Ocean’s Twelve.”
Young’s other TV credits include “The Drew Carey Show” and “Mad About You.”
Project was packaged by UTA.