Pilot season is in full swing at Fox today, as the network gave the greenlight to a bevy of new projects from established creators.
Chief among the new series is "Dads," a live-action comedy from "Ted" writers Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. MacFarlane of course has a long relationship with Fox, having brought in some successful animated efforts such as "American Dad" and "Family Guy," where Sulkin and Wild have served as writers since 2005. "Dads" will be a rare attempt at a live-action effort, but Fox is betting big on its success as it has skipped the pilot stage and received a straight-to-series six episode order. The multi-camera comedy will center on a pretty common concept this pilot season of two successful men in their mid-thirties whose overbearing fathers move in with them and turn their lives upside down.
Elsewhere, Bill Lawrence, the man behind "Scrubs" and "Cougar Town", is executive producing the adaptation of Justin Halpern's coming-of-age book "I Suck at Girls". Halpern will write the script for the pilot with his "S#*! My Dad Says" team member Patrick Schumacker.
"Friends & Family," based on the BBC series "Gavin & Stacey," revolves around the long-distance relationship between two lovers and the friends and family members who both support and obstruct their coupling. Tranter ("Torchwood") will serve as producer on the project.
Writers Andrew Gurland and Justin Hurwitz ("The League") will team up for the comedy pilot "House Rules," which centers on a family of malcontents with a strong dislike for the normalities of life. They attempt to fit in with residents of a small Midwest town where politeness and etiquette is a way of life.
Finally, "To My Assistant" revolves around the downtrodden assistants at a major New York law firm, who attempt to help one another persist in the world of obnoxious bosses and crazy work life. The pilot comes from "Friends" producers Sherry Bilsing and Ellen Kreamer, who will also pen the script.