Network picks up comedy based on website
ABC is taking some “Awkward Family Photos.”Network has given a script plus penalty order to the comedy project from scribes Moses Port and David Guarascio (“Just Shoot Me”). Also Tuesday, Fox picked up the cop drama “Chameleon” from Tom Fontana (“Homicide”) while NBC ordered the script “Man of the House” from feature scribe Adam Sztykiel (“Made of Honor”) and the Mark Gordon Co. “Awkward Family Photos” is based on the website and book of the same name from Mike Bender and Doug Chernack. The book and site feature a collection of the most unfortunate family photos imaginable. “Awkward Family Photos” reps the latest TV project to be developed based on a Web property; this year’s frosh CBS laffer “Bleep My Dad Says” was, of course, inspired by a Twitter feed. Sony Pictures TV, where exec producers Guarascio and Port are based, will produce. Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are also onboard to direct and exec produce, while Bender and Chernack will serve as nonwriting exec producers. Bender and Chernack began their “Awkward Family Photos” site after Bender spotted a funny family photo on his wall. The popular website eventually led to a book, which was released in May.Port and Guarascio’s other credits include “Aliens in America” and the upcoming midseason series “Happy Endings,” on which they’ve served as consulting producers. The busy Russo brothers are also exec producing “Happy Endings,” as well as NBC’s “Community.” Their 2011 development roster includes Fox’s “Lawyers for Less.” At Fox, Warner Bros. TV is behind the Fontana drama, which is exec produced by Fontana and Barry Levinson. Fontana, who’s behind Canal Plus’ “The Borgias,” last created “The Jury” for Fox. As for “Man of the House,” NBC project centers on a stay-at-home dad whose wife is the family breadwinner. Sztykiel is writing the script, with supervision by Rob Cohen. Mark Gordon and Deborah Spera are also onboard as exec producers. Sztykiel and Gordon developed a similar project last year at ABC — but under the title “Dan of the House.” ABC Studios, where Gordon is based, is producing. Project is one of the very few the studio has lined up outside of the Alphabet.