Ron Howard and Imagine TV’s net pilot worth just went up

Ronhoward It’s a pretty rare occurrence when Ron Howard adds his name to the executive producer ranks of an Imagine TV show.

Most of the time, Brian Grazer — who runs the show at Imagine — and Imagine TV prexy David Nevins handle EP duties for the shingle. But every once in a while, Howard dips his toe in the small screen — “Arrested Development,” for example.

That’s the case with “I.R.S.,” based on an idea from Howard and written by “The Office’s” Brent Forrester.

Irs  Fox gave a firm pilot order to “I.R.S.” on Wednesday, having previously handed a rich put pilot commitment for the sitcom last fall.

Howard, Forrester, Grazer and Nevins are all EPs on the comedy, which centers on an Internal Revenue Service agent and his office mates.

20th Century Fox TV, where Imagine TV is based, is the studio.

Howard is also an EP on NBC’s upcoming “Parenthood,” as that series is based on his hit 1989 Imagine feature.

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