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Fox Sets Up Comedy from Elizabeth Banks & ‘Suburgatory’ Creator Emily Kapnek

Fox has given a pilot production commitment to a comedy project from “Suburgatory” creator Emily Kapnek, Elizabeth Banks and Max HandelmanVariety has learned.

Titled “Front Man,” the series follows Paul, an overindulged only child who is born to two doting helicopter parents. As he approaches 30, Paul is forced to acknowledge that his dream of becoming a famous singer and songwriter isn’t happening. When he’s wrenched from the comfort of his family home, he must try to stand on his own so he takes the gig of front man for a local wedding band — where he learns about much more than wedding reception staples.

Hailing from Warner Bros. Television, Kapnek’s Piece of Pie Productions, and Banks and Handelman’s Brownstone Productions, the half-hour single-camera sitcom will be exec produced by Kapnek and the husband/wife duo. Kapnek, who is also known for creating the ABC romantic comedy “Selfie,” will serve as writer. If ordered to pilot, Banks will direct, so long her schedule permits.

On the film side, Banks — who is under an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, along with her producing partner husband — is in talks to direct Sony’s “Charlie’s Angels” reboot. The pair, who has been more heavily involved with film to date, also exec produced the first digital comedy series, “Resident Advisors,” with Paramount Digital for Hulu.

Banks and Brownstone are repped by UTA, Untitled and attorney PJ Shapiro. Kapnek is repped by UTA and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.

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