Tom Werner has snagged his first pilot commitment with new partners Eric Gold and Jimmy Miller, setting up a laffer at Fox from “That ’70s Show” scribes Jeff and Jackie Filgo.
Werner-Gold-Miller was launched this summer, with the company setting up a pod over at Warner Bros. TV and tapping Mike Clements prexy (Daily Variety, Aug. 5). Company is already actively pitching projects around town, and the Fox pilot from the Filgos reps the pod’s biggest confirmed sale to date.
Dubbed “Happy Hour,” skein will revolve around a pair of roommates — “one who’s been damaged by love, and another who’s been blinded by love,” Clements said. Ensemble laffer will revolve around the two men, both in their early 30s.
Clements said the skein fits in well with W-G-M’s desire to “create shows that have flawed, real and multidimensional characters. There’s a lack of that these says.”
Filgos have also inked an overall deal with W-G-M via Warner Bros. TV, Clements said. Two-year, seven-figure pact replaces a deal the duo had inked at Carsey-Werner and runs through June 2007.
“They’re just solid, character-based comedy writers who did an exceptional job on ‘That ’70s Show,’ ” Clements said. “There’s a realness to their writing you don’t find everywhere.”
Filgos rose through the ranks on “’70s,” rising to showrunner status for their final years on the Fox laffer.
Last year they developed “Peep Show,” a pilot for Fox that didn’t go to series. This development season is the Endeavor-repped duo’s first since ankling ” ’70s” in the spring.