Network gets laff Rx from ‘Hyper-chondriac’
Ryan Murphy is fast becoming one of the busiest men in television, landing another major network project — this time at NBC.The Peacock is developing a half-hour single-camera comedy with Murphy based on the novel “Hyper-chondriac: One Man’s Quest to Hurry Up and Calm Down.” Jason Dean Hall, who penned a feature adaptation of “Grand Theft Auto,” is attached to write the script; Brian Frazer wrote the 2007 book, a memoir about his journey to resolve the stress that was causing all of his unusual ailments. Twentieth Century Fox TV, where Ryan is based, will produce. NBC scored the project after a bidding war that also included ABC, insiders said. The TV version of “Hyper-chondriac” will center on Brian, a pharmaceutical salesman who’s forced to sell his wares at hospitals and, as a result, consistently thinks he’s suffering from a wide range of maladies. In this case, the symptoms are real — but they’re caused by other factors. Murphy will exec produce and direct, while Hall will co-exec produce. Hall is at work writing the script, which the producers hope to shoot early next year. Project is the latest to come out of the massive pact Murphy signed last year with News Corp. entities 20th, FX and Fox. Murphy is also busy at work on “Glee,” the pilot that Fox picked up last month and put on a fast-tracked schedule. Casting is ongoing for “Glee,” which Fox would like to have on the air by March. The scribe also continues work on his signature FX skein “Nip/Tuck,” which continues on the cabler through 2011, and he also has two features in development.