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Fox to air mini-comedies in hour form

'Short-Com' aims to find new series ideas

Fox has greenlighted an innovative series for next summer that will seek to incubate comedy series by packing four mini-show concepts into hourlong episodes.

“The Short-Com Comedy Hour” will be comprised of a quartet of scripted one-act scenes featuring established and new comedic talent. The best of the bunch will be developed as standalone full-length series.

“We are basically ripping open the traditional scripted comedy development process,” said Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment at Fox. “Our end goal is to provide distinct comedy voices with a world-class platform to experiment, grow and perfect their ideas and to hopefully build them into mainstream comedy hits in the future. We’re looking forward to seeing what the untapped comedy community has to offer.”

In other Fox comedy development news, TV Guide reported that ousted “Community” creator Dan Harmon is nearing a deal to produce a half-hour series, potentially via a deal still being put together with 20th Century Fox TV. Harmon is no longer situated at Sony Pictures TV, where he served as showrunner for the first three seasons of the NBC comedy before stepping aside in May.