The bread and butter of sitcoms has always been in the idiosyncracies of relationships and the relatable comedy that can ensue. Fox isn't looking to reinvent the wheel anytime soon, signing two new projects to be put into development from a pair of writing teams.
The first still untitled project comes from John Aboud and Michael Colton, writers for Fox's animated "Sit Down Shut Up" and TNT's "Leverage." The show is based on Colton's experiences with his Uruguayan in-laws and a comedic piece written for New York Times Magazine about a marriage proposal nearly ruined by the language barrier. The series will revolve around a couple living in Brooklyn whose lives are thrown for a loop when the husband's Uruguayan in-laws move in to help raise the kids. The writing team is currently writing "The Penguins of Madagascar" for Dreamworks.
The higher-concept of the two projects, "Adultish," is from "How I Met Your Mother" writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand. The series reportedly will be told in the style of a Civil War documentary, recounting the struggles of a 30-something couple as the tug of war between immature youth and responsible adulthood is present in their daily life. The writers are evidently in high demand, recently agreeing to write a feature film for Paramount Pictures about an Ocean's Eleven-style heist with a group of high school outcasts as the high-stakes players. Gregor and Mand are pegged to write and executive produce along with Imagine TV's Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.