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Working Class Family Comedy from Rob McElhenney Receives Pilot Production Commitment at FOX

Nears Pilot Order at FOX

One of them a multi-camera family comedy written by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney and Rob Rosell. The project, from 20th TV, already has hired a casting director and search is underway for an actress to play the lead female character. “There is no offer yet but I expect to have one very soon so we get a jump on casting,” Thorn said.

The Rosell/McElhenny comedy was bought as a pitch with a big pilot production commitment and had been expected to go to pilot. It would be Fox’s second multi-camera comedy pilot, along with Cool Kids, which has been shot and is expected to be delivered next week. Both hail from Sunny’s Charlie Day, McElhenney and Glenn Howerton.

“There is another multi-camera project we are really passionate about, it’s from Jerrod Carmichael and starring Lil Rel Howrey,” Thorn said, Written/executive produced by Josh Rabinowitz & Kevin Barnett and Howrey, the untitled comedy centers on Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father.

Fox is expected to pick up the same number of pilots as last year, about 6 comedies and 6 dramas, not including off-cycle fantasy drama pilot Passage, which is eying reshoots.

Working Class Family Comedy from Rob McElhenney Receives Pilot Production Commitment at FOX

Fox has handed a second big commitment to a multi-camera comedy from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia masterminds Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton. Following the pilot order to Cool Kids, the network has given a pilot production commitment to a blue-collar family comedy executive produced by the trio and written by McElhenney and former It’s Always Sunny executive producer Rob Rosell.

Cool Kids got the pilot green light off a finished script. The untitled McElhenney/Risell project, from 20th Century Fox TV, was bought as a pitch, thus the pilot production commitment, but I hear it is fully expected to go to pilot once the script is written. Both buys are part of a big multi-camera push at Fox this season.

The McElhenney/Rosell project is described as a show about an unconventional family in working-class America. McElhenney, Rosell,  Day and Howerton executive produce alongside 3 Arts’ Nick Frenkel.

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