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Fox to bring ‘Mothers’ to America

ABC back in business with Damon Wayans

Fox has reached across the Pond to develop a U.S. version of the U.K. hit comedy “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.”

Also Tuesday, ABC confirmed that it’s back in business with “My Wife and Kids” team Damon Wayans and Don Reo.

Fox has given a script order plus hefty penalty to “Some Mothers,” which comes from BBC Worldwide Prods. and Sony Pictures TV (where the Beeb has a deal).

“Some Mothers” uses a large dose of physical comedy to tell the story of Frank Spencer, who seems to always be surrounded by disaster. “That ’70s Show” alum Phil Stark will write and exec produce the project; BBC’s Paul Telegdy and Ian Moffitt are also onboard as exec producers.

Raymond Allen wrote the original “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” for the BBC. The cockney-flavored series title probably won’t remain should the Americanized show hit the air in the States.

The Wayans/Reo multicam half-hour — currently a script at the Alphabet net — stars Wayans as a man who discovers his late wife had a 19-year-old son. The young man moves in with his stepfather, and a generational clash ensues.

ABC Studios will produce the comedy, which Wayans and Reo will exec produce and write.

“My Wife and Kids” spent five seasons on ABC, while Wayans and Reo were also credited as creators (with Ric Swartzlander) on “Rodney.”

Reo has most recently served as an exec producer on “Everybody Hates Chris.” Wayans was most recently behind Showtime’s “Damon Wayans’ The Underground.”