Fox plays ‘Tournament’

Schlamme to develop U.S. version of Canadian skein

Fox is taking a swing at “The Tournament,” pacting with Thomas Schlamme to develop a U.S. version of the Canadian comedy.

Laffer will follow a youth baseball team through the course of a single season. Original CBC skein, which aired last spring on U.S. cabler Versus (nee OLN), used a mockumentary style to chronicle the adventures of an athletically challenged youth hockey team and its underdog bid to qualify for the championship tournament.

Howard Busgang, Howard Nemetz and Marty Putz — three of the people behind the original “Tournament” — will write and exec produce the Fox version. Schlamme will exec produce via his Warner Bros. TV-based Shoe Money Prods.

CBC has produced two seasons of “The Tournament.” Fox has given a script commitment to the project.

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