Exclu: Playwright David Talbert and thesp-turned-producer Morris Chestnut have partnered to develop a comedy for Fox.
“It Takes a Village,” which is being developed through 20th Century Fox TV, centers on a young R&B singer who loses his money thanks to the ill-advised dealings of his best friend and business manager.
Forced to move back to his old home in the inner city, the man winds up working in an at-risk youth community center — where he becomes a mentor of sorts to the “Bad News Bears”-esque kids.
Talbert said the idea came out of a brainstorm session he and Chestnut had at a Corner Bakery eatery.
“I grew up a fan of ‘Busted Loose’ and the whole Richard Pryor thing,” Talbert said. “I always wanted to do a show where I’d have a fish-out-of-water character dealing with kids.”
Talbert sees the main character in the vein of young pop/R&B stars like Trey Songz or Drake — with a dash of rags-to-riches like “The Fresh Prince,” Will Smith.
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