FX makes ‘Grade’ with Waters, Cera

Funny or Die series creator gets cable gig

Derek Waters, who’s behind the “Funny or Die” Web series “Drunk History,” has partnered with thesp Michael Cera and scribe Emily Kapnek to develop a comedy for FX.

Waters, Cera and Kapnek are the exec producers behind “13th Grade,” which centers on a high school graduate who’s content with his meager lifestyle — until his girlfriend dumps him for being “stuck” between childhood and adulthood.

Waters is onboard to star in the project, which is based on an idea by him and Paige Gullivan. Cera is also co-writing the script with Waters, Kapnek and Guillivan.

Also onboard as exec producers are Naomi Odenkirk and Mosaic. FX Prods. is handling the show inhouse. Development comes as FX looks to continue expanding its comedy lineup.

Walters and Cera first connected when Cera guest starred on “Drunk History,” which has also featured thesps Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Danny McBride, Don Cheadle and John C. Reilly.

Waters is next set to appear opposite Owen Wilson in the Farrelly Brothers comedy “Hall Pass.”

Cera, currently onscreen in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” also wrote and produced the Web series “Clark and Michael.” Kapnek, whose credits include “Hung,” is a consulting producer on “Parks and Recreation.”

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