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One Hit Wendy - Julianne Hough to Star in Musical Comedy with Put Pilot Commitment at FOX

Fox is looking to get into the musical comedy space.

The network has handed out a sizable put-pilot commitment to single-camera comedy One Hit Wendy starring Julianne Hough and produced by Grammy and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Diane Warren.

Dancing With the Stars alum Hough will make her scripted TV regular debut in the comedy in which she plays Wendy, a one-hit wonder who peaked at 18 who now tries to guide her talented niece, Jordan, through the music industry and keep her from making the same mistakes she did.

Lesley Wake Webster (Life in Pieces, Go On, New Girl) will pen the script and exec produce the 20th Century Fox Television comedy alongside David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie, It) and Warren. Hough will also exec produce. The comedy stems from Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith's recent overall deal with 20th TV.

Cool Kids - Vicki Lawrence, David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan & Martin Mull to Star in FOX's Retirement Home Comedy Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: Four comedy veterans — former Carol Burnett Show star Vicki Lawrence, The Carmichael Show‘s David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace) and Roseanne alum Martin Mull have been tapped as the leads in Fox’s multi-camera retirement community comedy pilot Cool Kids, from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia masterminds Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton.

Don Scardino has signed on to direct the pilot, written by Day and Paul Fruchbom, with comedy veteran Kevin Abbott set as showrunner. Cool Kids revolves around three guy friends in a retirement community (Grier, Jordan, Mull) who are the top dogs until they’re blown out of the water by the newest member of the community, a female rebel (Lawrence) who’s ready to challenge their place – it’s high school with 70 somethings.

Lawrence’s Margaret is the brash, hotheaded new arrival to the retirement community who thinks that the “Cool Kids” are a trio of cheesepuffs that she can easily herd, corral, and buffalo. Grier’s Hank is a mischievous schemer and one of the “Cool Kids” living in Shady Meadows retirement community with his three best friends from his childhood in Brooklyn. Jordan will play Sid, a cautious hypochondriac with a weird streak about him who grew up in Brooklyn along with Hank and Charlie, and he’s spending his Golden Years alongside them as well. Mull will play Charlie, the gruff third “Cool Kid” who is not a leader like Hank nor a follower like Sid, but who tends to go along with the consensus of the group.

The Cool Kids pilot will shoot in December for upfront consideration. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV and FX Prods., is being executive produced by Day, McElhenney, Howerton, Abbott, Scardino and Nick Frenkel, with Fruchbom co-executive producing.
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