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Bochco suiting up for funny business

'Doogie' scribes Bernstein, Katlin partnering on laffer

Steven Bochco is getting back into the comedy biz, reuniting with a pair of former “Doogie Howser” scribes for a project set up at Fox.

Nat Bernstein and Mitch Katlin, who created last season’s John Goodman starrer “Center of the Universe,” will partner with Bochco on the idea, a half-hour laffer set in the world of baseball. No studio is attached; Fox has made a script commitment to the pitch.

Would-be laffer reunites Bochco with Fox Entertainment prexy Peter Liguouri, who, in his former capacity as head of FX, greenlit Bochco’s upcoming FX drama “Over There.”

One of Katlin and Bernstein’s first big TV breaks, meanwhile, came in 1989 when they served as story editors on “Doogie,” the Neil Patrick Harris laffer created by Bochco and David E. Kelley. By the 1992-93 season, Katlin and Bernstein had worked their way up to supervising producers of the show.

Bochco has generally stayed away from comedies since the 1996-97 CBS clunker “Public Morals,” which he produced with Jay Tarses.

As for Katlin and Berstein, scribes have been prolific over the past decade, creating the UPN laffer “Abby,” NBC’s “Cursed,” the Eye’s “Gregory Hines Show” and “Over the Top” plus “Bringing up Jack” for ABC. If the Fox project goes to pilot, and then gets picked up to series, duo will have created series for every net but the WB.

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