Fox has given a six-episode order to comedy “Weird Loners” and added three more comedy pilots to its development roster.
The network has also picked up a pilot billed as a family drama set in the world of hip-hop that was written by Lee Daniels (pictured) and Danny Strong, who teamed on “The Butler.” The pair exec produce with Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo for Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV. Project aims to incorporate original music and contemporary tunes.
Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly expressed his intention to bust out of the pilot season timetable earlier this month. The comedy pilots are under contention for fall slots, but Fox stressed that all three have strong shots at moving into series production.
Single-camera comedy “Weird Loners” hails from “King of Queens” co-creator Michael Weithorn and follows four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into each other’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a Queens townhouse. Weithorn penned the 20th Century Fox TV series and is exec producing with Jake Kasdan.
The three pilots ordered are “Dead Boss,” “Sober Companion” and an untitled entry from Ricky Blitt that has Jane Kaczmarek on board to star.
“Dead Boss” is a single-cam penned by Patricia Breen that is based on a Brit series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh. Project is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. From Warner Bros. and Kapital Entertainment, “Dead Boss” will be exec produced by Breen, Horgan, Walsh and Aaron Kaplan.
From CBS TV Studios, “Sober Companion” centers on a charming but self-destructive attorney who finds his world turned upside down when a court-appointed and highly unconventional sober companion takes control of his life. David S. Rosenthal and Jennie Snyder Urman serve as scribes and exec producers.
Finally, the Ricky Blitt project revolves around a mom who has been single for two decades, and traumatizes her stunted 30-something son with a surprise — that she just got married, and her new husband and his three kids are about to move in. Blitt penned the comedy and is exec producing with “Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki and Stephen McPherson. McPherson’s Wonder Monkey banner and Candy Bar Prods. are producing with Warner Bros. TV.