CBS has given a put pilot commitment for a new half-hour laffer from “My Name Is Earl” creator Greg Garcia.
“Fugly” revolves around three unattractive siblings who pool their money together to give one of the trio a dramatic makeover. The sibs then move to Hollywood and take advantage of the pretty one’s new looks.
Twentieth Century Fox TV, where Garcia recently sealed a new overall deal, is behind the project. “Fugly” reunites Garcia with the Eye, where his “Yes, Dear” aired six seasons.
“Fugly” was originally developed as a script (written with Pamela Anderson in mind for the lead) at Fox, which ultimately passed on the project.
Garcia wound up placing “Fugly” on the shelf once “Earl” was picked up. But the writer said he had been anxiously looking for a chance to revive it.
“I always thought it was a good idea, and I liked the script,” said Garcia, who noted that “Earl” — which the nets originally passed on — went through a similar process before finally getting picked up.
“This is twice now that I’ve been able to go into pilot season and shoot a script that has already been written,” he said. “The hardest part is done.”
“Fugly” will be shot as a multicam laffer, but with some single-camera elements — similar to how 20th shoots “How I Met Your Mother.”
“I’m looking forward to going back to that form,” said Garcia, whose “Earl” is single-cam.
Garcia currently plans to shoot “Fugly” in March, as soon as principal photography on “Earl” is completed for the season.