ABC has greenlit a put pilot from Victor Fresco (“Andy Richter Controls the Universe”) about a man whose morals are tested working for a large, faceless mega-corporation.
Workplace comedy comes from 20th Century Fox TV, where Fresco is based. Alphabet web has ordered a script with a substantial penalty attached for the single-camera half-hour.
Fresco calls the currently untitled show “a comical look at how our corporate workplace has become.” The comedy focuses on Ted, a charming, likeable thirtysomething who heads up the research and development department at a Fortune 500 company.
“He works in a compassionately challenged, heartless company,” Fresco said. “He’s been very good at developing product — specifically products with multiple uses. But at his level, he’s the only person there saddled with a conscience. It probably holds him back, but he has it, and he struggles with it.”
Ted is fiercely loyal to a group of misfits who make up his team; at home, he’s the single father of an 8-year-old who keeps him honest.
Fresco will infuse the show with a strong dose of satire, as he examines what it’s like to work in this kind of corporation today.
“As companies get more powerful, there’s less allegiance to their people,” he said. “Work has become more soul-drenching. People are seen as more disposable, and products are developed that there’s not enough of a need for — so they develop a need.”
As exec producer on the critically acclaimed but short-lived “Andy Richter,” Fresco addressed some of those work-themed topics.
Fresco is a consulting producer on “My Name Is Earl.” Before that, he exec produced Fox’s “Life on a Stick.”
Fresco’s credits also include “The Trouble With Normal,” “Fired Up,” “Almost Perfect” and “Mad About You.”