FOX comedy pilot 'Fatrick' may have just found its lucky charm. The last two series to feature the seemingly ageless Marcia Cross ('Melrose Place' and 'Desperate Housewives') both went on to be near decade spanning hits for their respective networks. Will lightning strike thrice?
'Fatrick' is a single camera comedy pilot, set to be directed by Oscar-winning screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (who are likely better known for their onscreen work on the sitcoms 'Ben & Kate' and 'Community,' respectively). The plot centers on Patrick, a thirtysomething single man who still struggles with the decades of emotional damage he suffered as an overweight youth. As the former 'Fatrick' tries to work through his issues with childhood best friend/present day therapist Maurice, the story cuts to scenes from his tortured adolescence.
That's where Marcia Cross comes in. The former Bree Van de Camp will be playing Patrick's mother Arlene in the aforementioned flashback sequences, a nutritionist with little patience for unhealthy habits. Arlene is quite proud of her fit daughter, but has a hard time filtering her true feelings about her out of shape son. Patrick's mom means well, she just has an odd way of showing it.
'Fatrick's pilot is both written and co-created by 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23' alums Nahnatchka Khan and Corey Nickerson. Another 'Apt. 23' vet, Ray Ford, has been cast as the adult version of Maurice. '30 Rock's Dante Hoagland will play Maurice in flashbacks. The title role has yet to be cast.