Fox Orders Workplace Comedy Pilot Directed by ‘The League’ Creator

With the bulk of pilot orders seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, Fox still has a few comedy pick-ups to go — and the latest is an untitled workplace comedy from writer Laura Steinel, Variety has learned.

The half hour, single-cam comedy centers around Jane who is caught between trying to manage her charmingly incompetent human resources department and a new eccentric CEO who dreams of bringing the New Jersey plastics plant into the future.

From Steinel, who’s a staff writer on Amazon’s “Red Oaks,” the pilot will be exec produced by Sue Naegle (“Outcast”) and “The League’s” Jeff Schaffer, who is also attached to direct. Steinel will also serve as co-exec producer. 20th Century Fox Television is the studio.

Fox’s comedy pilot slate is still light with just two projects in contention: “The Mick” from scribes John Chernin and Dave Chernin, which revolves around a hard-living, foul mouthed woman moves to affluent Greenwich, Conn., to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister who has fled the country to avoid a federal indictment; and a time travel sitcom from Julius Sharpe, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, which is said to be an early favorite at the network.

The network also gave a straight-to-series order to “Son of Zorn,” a hybrid live-action/animated comedy with the main character voiced by Jason Sudeikis, which will premiere in the 2016-17 season.

Steinel is repped by UTA.

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