×

‘Geeks’ duo try Fox

Feig, Apatow to produce midseason laffer

Fox is beefing up its midseason comedy roster, ordering six episodes of a new half-hour DreamWorks TV laffer from “Freaks and Geeks” producers Paul Feig and Judd Apatow.

Duo will move from high school to college with the untitled sitcom, which will be an ensemble single-camera comedy set in a freshman dorm.

Feig and Apatow will both serve as creators and executive producers for the skein via Apatow’s overall deal with the studio. Production is set to start in November.

Fox Entertainment prexy Gail Berman and DreamWorks TV topper Dan McDermott announced the deal Tuesday.

” ‘Freaks and Geeks’ demonstrated (Feig’s and Apatow’s) ability to take risks, defy conventions and remain ahead of the curve,” said Berman. “That’s the kind of programming we want to do at Fox.”

Feig, who created “Freaks,” just earned an Emmy nom for writing the pilot of the NBC series. He’s also a thesp, having appeared in series such as “The Jackie Thomas Show” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.”

Bench depth

Since officially taking on her new gig last month, Berman has been moving quickly to add to Fox’s bench depth.

In addition to the new Feig/Apatow laffer, she recently sealed a unique deal with Studios USA for a revival of the classic docudrama series “In Search Of …” (Daily Variety, July 26). Fox and USA Network will share a primetime window for the series, which could debut as soon as November.

Feig and Apatow, whose “Freaks and Geeks” garnered praise from crix but low ratings, said they were “happy to be part of this exciting new trend in network television: fully scripted, non-reality programming.”

In an interview with Daily Variety, Apatow said his new collaboration with Feig “will be very different from ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ ”

” ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was about the oppression of high school,” he said. “This is about the freedom of college and what kids choose to do with it. This isn’t about the underdogs.”

While Apatow and Feig have both been very public about their frustration with NBC’s marketing and scheduling of “Freaks,” Apatow said he didn’t pause a second when given the chance to create another network show.

“I was ready to rock,” he said. “The overall experience of ‘Freaks’ was positive. We did 18 episodes that we really loved. That’s three seasons in England.”

Apatow snagged an Emmy as a writer on “The Ben Stiller Show”; he picked up five noms for his work on “The Larry Sanders Show.”

Apatow is repped by UTA and Gold-Miller.

More TV

  • 13 REASONS WHY

    Netflix Revises Controversial '13 Reasons Why' Suicide Scene

    Netflix has edited the controversial suicide scene from “Thirteen Reasons Why” two years after the show originally premiered. “We’ve heard from many young people that ’13 Reasons Why’ encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help—often for the first time,” Netflix said in a statement Monday. “As we [...]

  • Russell Tovey on His 'Arrogant and

    Russell Tovey on His 'Arrogant and Heroic' 'Years and Years' Character

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the fourth episode of “Years and Years.” Russell T. Davies’ limited series “Years and Years” began with a birth, but it did not wait until the finale to book-end the story with a death. In the fourth episode of the multi-year spanning family drama, [...]

  • Hugh GRant photographed by Shayan Asgharnia

    Listen: Hugh Grant on Why He Would Kill Social Media if He Could

    Hugh Grant has been very active in U.K. press reform initiatives, but he knows the problem is even bigger than the media moguls who control the world’s major news outlets. That’s why Hacked Off, the campaign he’s involved with, is also expanding its scope to include the impact of online propaganda. “It’s particularly terrifying, the [...]

  • Veronica Mars -- "Heads You Lose"

    TV Review: 'Veronica Mars' Season 4

    “Veronica Mars” was a slap to the face of high school dramas when it premiered on UPN in 2004. Creator Rob Thomas took the well-worn “who killed the pretty teenager?” whodunnit and hard-boiled it, following a traumatized girl desperately trying to harden herself to the world’s harsh realities as she tried to solve the case. [...]

  • Norah O'Donnell Invokes Edward R. Murrow

    Norah O'Donnell Invokes Edward R. Murrow to Launch New Era at 'CBS Evening News'

    Though Norah O’Donnell had her first turn as anchor of “CBS Evening News” Monday night, she didn’t rely on any attention-grabbing tricks to carry the day. There was no flashy drawing board, no rattling off of unsettling, urgent headlines and no wrap-up of the day with a mawkish end segment calling up some element of [...]

  • Alton Brown

    TV News Roundup: Food Network Announces Premiere Date of 'Good Eats: The Return'

    In today’s roundup, Showtime releases a full-length trailer for “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” and Food Network announces the return of Alton Brown’s “Good Eats.”  DATES After taking a break from the series, Alton Brown will bring “Good Eats” back to Food Network’s primetime lineup with “Good Eats: The Return.”  In its first [...]

  • 9-1-1: Angela Bassett in the series

    Fox Sees Primetime, Sports Ad Gains As TV Upfront Wraps

    Fox Corporation is the latest to benefit from stronger-than-expected trends in TV ad spending, as the company notched strong gains in advertising commitments for its next cycle of programming – its first since selling off a large chunk of its media assets to Walt Disney. Ad demand was stronger than many executives anticipated, according to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content