Shoring up the comedic side of their network, FOX has purchased two new comedy projects that sound like they could have some potential.
The first is a single-camera comedy from Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon and writer Jason Micallef, who penned the upcoming feature film Butter. Graced with the succinct one-word title Bastards, the series is an unconventional family comedy about a family who has never met. No further details are available, but I can think of a few directions this show could go with a title like Bastards.
FOX has also handed a pilot production commitment to another single-camera comedy with a wordier title, I Suck At Girls, based on Justin Halpern's follow-up book to his previous best-seller Sh*t My Dad Says, which itself was based on Halpern's popular Twitter feed and developed into a sitcom starring William Shatner that lasted one season on CBS. This half-hour series will follow the story of a boy becoming a man and a man becoming a father in a time before Twitter and Google. Halpern and TV writing partner Patrick Schumacker will pen the project with producer Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) supervising.
This is the second year in a row that a comedy from Lawrence has landed at FOX, with his semi-autobiographical Like Father receiving a pilot production commitment from the network last selling season.
If either of these new projects live up to the promise of their descriptions, FOX could have a comedy hit on their hands.