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Fox orders five series

'Ben,' 'Messy,' 'Goodwin,' 'Mob,' 'Following' picked up

Fox made a trio of comedies and two dramas its first pickups for the 2012-13 season on Wednesday.

“Ben & Kate” and “The Goodwin Games” were ordered from 20th Century Fox TV, the studio confirmed, as was “It’s Messy” from Universal Television, a vehicle for “The Office” star Mindy Kaling.

On the drama side, “The Mob Doctor” starring Jordana Spiro from Sony Pictures Television and executive producers Josh Berman and Robert Wright. Hour centers on a young female surgeon who juggles her career and her lifelong debt to the South Chicago mob.

Fox also ordered drama “The Following” from Warner Bros. TV starring Kevin Bacon as a retired FBI agent trying to recapture a serial killer who escapes from prison. Kevin Williamson is executive producer of “Following,” which was previously known as “Mastermind.”

“Ben,” from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment, is a single-camera comedy series centering on a free-spirited young guy who moves in with his sister, who is a single mom, and in the process helps her re-enter the world. Formerly known as “Ben Fox Is My Manny,” the series has a cast including Nat Faxon, Dakota Johnson and Lucy Punch.

Dana Fox, who wrote the pilot, is executive producing with Chernin, Katherine Pope. Jake Kasdan is on board to direct the pilot.

From the creators of “How I Met Your Mother,” “Goodwin” is a single-camera comedy series centering on three estranged siblings who reunite after the death of their father when they return to their hometown to claim their inheritance. Cast includes Scott Foley, Jake Lacy and Becki Newton. Executive producers are Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris, who wrote the pilot.

Originally developed for NBC by its sister studio, “Messy” is a single-camera comedy series centering on a single female ob/gyn and her efforts to juggle her complicated personal and professional lives. Kaling, who wrote the pilot and stars in the series, will executive produce with Howard Klein and Charles D. McDougall, who will direct the pilot.

Passed over were some other 20th TV projects that had their share of buzz during development season including Steve Levitan’s “Rebounding” and Mike Royce’s “My Little Brother.” The studio also has a pair of spy dramas in contention.

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