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Fox gives pilot order to Mike Royce laffer

'Little Brother' hails from 20th, Adelstein Prods. and Hat Trick

Comedy development activity continues apace at the major nets.

Fox on Monday gave put pilots to two projects — one from Mike Royce, one from “How I Met Your Mother” trio of Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris — while CBS gave a midseason series pickup to a multicam laffer toplined by Rob Schneider.

Nets have been high on the laugh track since the upfronts in May. But the solid perf of new and returning comedies so far in the fall season launch has added more wind to the sails of high-profile comedy projects with proven auspices.

Royce got right down to business after cutting an overall deal earlier this month with 20th Century Fox TV, nabbing a commitment for a half-hour project that he’ll write and produce with 20th, Adelstein Prods. and Hat Trick.

“Little Brother” revolves around a man who finds out he has a half-brother he never knew about who also happens to be an ex-con. Royce is exec producing with Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements and Hat Trick’s Jimmy Mulville. Scribe Fintan Ryan, who wrote an earlier version of the script, will serve as a co-exec producer.

Royce, the creator and exec producer of TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age,” inked an overall deal with 20th earlier this month (Daily Variety, Sept. 7).

“The Goodwin Games” project from the “HIMYM” trio is a single-cam vehicle about three siblings who reconnect after the death of their father. “HIMYM” creators/exec producers Bays and Thomas will co-write pilot script with fellow exec producer Chris Harris.

CBS’ midseason order of Schneider’s eponymous laffer had been expected. Series co-written by Rob Schneider and Lew Morton revolves around a longtime bachelor who marries into a tight-knit Mexican-American family.

Eric and Kim Tannenbaum also exec produce for CBS TV Studios. Cheech Marin, Lupe Ontiveros, Claudia Bassols, Eugenia Derbez, Diana Maria Riva and Ricky Rico costar.

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