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The Lonely Island, Chris Garcia, ‘Modern Family’ Producers Developing Cuban-American Comedy at Fox (EXCLUSIVE)

Fox is developing a comedy from creator Chris Garcia and The Lonely IslandVariety has learned exclusively.

The potential series is based on Garcia’s real life story when his immigrant parents lie about their home addres, in order to give him a chance at a better public education. A first generation Cuban-American, he has to make the most of his high school experience despite being surrounded by affluent, white surfer kids — and his dad who is taking ESL classes at the same school.

The project landed at the network as a script order with a sizable penalty. Party Over Here will co-produce with 20th Century Fox Television.

Garcia wrote the pilot with “Modern Family” vets Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh. Should the project go to series, Corrigan and Walsh will serve as showrunners. Other executive producers are Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Billy Rosenberg. Party Over Here’s Jason Zaro met Garcia at Just For Laughs and brought the idea into the company. He will oversee development.

The Lonely Island comedy trio — Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone — who as producers, go by Party Over Here, created Fox’s short-lived sketch series “Party Over Here,” which was cancelled after one season. Samberg has deep ties to Fox, as star of their long-running comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Corrigan and Walsh have a long-standing relationship to 20th Century Fox TV with “Modern Family,” on which they both serve as exec producers and writers. They also worked on “King of the Hill,” which ran on Fox.

The project marks Garcia’s first major writing credit. He is repped by Gersh and Avalon Management.

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