Fox could be experimenting with a live sitcom format in the near future.
Variety has learned that the network is developing a live, multi-camera comedy currently titled “The Great Unknown.” The series would follow siblings Tommy and Debbie Stefano, whose parents force them to grow up and find their own place to live, as well as real careers and relationships.
Adam Barr will serve as the writer and executive producer. Berman will executive produce along with Joe Earley, the president of Berman’s Jackal Group. Heather Anne Campbell will also executive produce. The Jackal Group will produce.
Barr is a writer and producer with an extensive television resume. Among the shows he has worked on in his career are: “Dinosaurs,” “Will & Grace,” “Desperate Housewives,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and “Suburgatory.”
Berman is a well-known producer who is best known for executive producing the beloved cult series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Her other producing credits include the “Buffy” spinoff “Angel,” “The Cape,” and “Alphas.” She also recently executive produced the Fox comedy “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” and the network’s new version of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” She and Earley are also executive producing the Fox adaptation of the book “Surrender, New York” by Caleb Carr.
Should the project move forward, it would be the latest attempt at a live sitcom on broadcast. Previously, NBC aired the series “Undateable” starring Chris D’Elia. The series aired a one-hour live episode during its second season that met with considerable acclaim, so the network decided to make the entire third season live episodes. However, the series was canceled after its third season.
Barr is represented by WME and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Campbell is represented by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.