Fox big on mini soaps

Network orders pilot from Fuller

Fox is getting into the half-hour soap opera business, pacting with “American Idol” producer 19 Entertainment to adapt the popular U.K. genre for auds across the pond.

Net has ordered a pilot from 19 Ent. that revolves around a blue collar family. Sudser comes from 19 Ent.’s Simon Fuller, as well as the shingle’s head of drama, Mal Young.

Young joined 19 Ent. at the end of 2004; before that, he served as controller of continuing drama series at the BBC, overseeing production on shows including long-running half-hour drama “EastEnders.” He also co-created another entry, “Doctors.” As head of drama at Pearson, Young also created Channel 5’s “Family Affairs.”

If ordered to series, the Fuller/Young sudser could potentially air several times a week on Fox.

Fuller and Young will serve as co-creators and exec producers of the Fox pilot, which is currently untitled. CAA packaged the project.

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