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Entertainment Studios bets on sitcom pair

Shingle issues dual orders of 104 episodes

Entertainment Studios has placed a pair of 104-episode orders for two firstrun sitcoms, “The First Family” and “Mr. Box Office.”

The shingle intends to produce and distribute the properties on broadcast syndication, cable and digital media.

“First Family” focuses on an African-American family in the White House, while “Box Office” revolves around a movie star who is sentenced to community service teaching English at the toughest high school in America.

“There’s a huge shortfall of quality family sitcoms for broadcast television stations, and we are 110 percent committed to filling that enormous void,” Entertainment Studios chairman/CEO Byron Allen said. “Our No. 1 priority is to deliver the highest quality content in the sitcom genre, and this initial 208-episode order is a big step in the right direction.”

Staffing is underway on both sitcoms, with production to begin this summer.

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