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ABC, FOX Go Pilot Shopping

(Posted December 15, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

ABC and FOX, who have been among the busier buyers of potential new shows early in pilot season, have each given the green light to comedies from top-flight producers.

The ABC project comes from writer-actor Danny Comden, who co-starred in ABC's "I'm With Her" during the 2003-04 season. It would follow a guy in his 30s (Comden) who realizes he's become a jerk. He quits his job in real estate and sets about trying to change his life for the better.

Comden is writing the pilot, which sounds a little bit like an upper-middle-class "My Name Is Earl," and will executive produce with McG ("The O.C.") and Peter Johnson, the Hollywood trades say. The show is the first sitcom project from McG's Warner Bros.-based Wonderland Sound and Vision, which is also behind The WB's "Supernatural."

FOX, meanwhile, has ordered "Becoming Glen," which brings the show back to the place it was originally developed -- in 2001-02. The show, written by Ricky Blitt ("The Ringer"), would feature a man in his 40s looking back to when he was 32, the year he finally got off his parents' couch and made something of his life.

Blitt will executive produce the pilot with his former boss, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane. The show began life in the 2001-02 development season as a single-camera project starring Johnny Galecki ("Roseanne"); in its current incarnation, it will be a multi-camera show. Casting will get underway in the coming days.

Source: Zap2it

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