Courteney Cox Eyeing TV Return with Fox Comedy

Courteney Cox is eyeing her return to primetime with a new Fox comedy in development, Variety has learned.

The “Friends” alum is set to star in an untitled single-cam comedy from writer Robert Padnick, in which she’s also attached as an exec producer. The sitcom revolves around Hailey (played by Cox), a woman who inherits her late billionaire husband’s charity and quickly finds that changing the world is far less glamorous than she had imagined.

Hailing from ABC Studios, the Fox comedy will be exec produced by Cox, Padnick, Thea Mann and James Griffiths who would also direct the project, should it be picked up to series.

One of TV’s leading funny ladies, Cox became a household name on “Friends,” starring in the iconic NBC ensembler for all 10 seasons. Following “Friends,” Cox starred on FX’s drama “Dirt,” which only last two seasons, before top-lining fan-favorite comedy ABC’s “Cougar Town,” which went to TBS halfway through its six-season run.

The project is a big move for emerging writing/producing talent Padnick, the son of Castle Rock Entertainment co-founder Glenn Padnick, whose writing and producing credits include “The Office” and FXX’s “Man Seeking Woman.” The up-and-coming comedy writer previously penned a 20-something dating sitcom for NBC with “Office” co-creator Greg Daniels a few years back, but after the pilot was produced, the project was not greenlit. With Cox attached, the Fox comedy is likely to bring better luck to Padnick this time around.

Cox is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and WME.

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.

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