20th Century Fox TV has big plans for Alex Borstein, who voices Lois on the studio’s hit animated comedy Family Guy. The actress-writer has signed a deal with the studio to develop, write and executive produce two comedy projects that she would potentially star in — one animated and one live-action. Additionally, 20th TV has signed a talent holding deal with Borstein so other writers would be developing for her too, and she could be cast in an existing project. Borstein has been in the Fox family for the past 13 years — as a writer-performer on the network’s late-night sketch comedy Mad TV where she created such memorable characters as Miss Swan, and as a key cast member on the 20th/Fox comedy Family Guy, on which she also served as a writer-producer. She also did a variety show with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, which aired on Fox as a special.
20th TV chairman Gary Newman noted that studios sometime miss gems they have in their backyard while looking on the other side of the fence for the proverbial greener grass, but he and fellow chairman Dana Walden didn’t want that to happen with Borstein, whom he called “a remarkably gifted person.” “What I love about her is that she brings a persona and an attitude,” something that distinguishes the leads of the great comedies of the last 20 years such as Roseanne, Seinfeld and Home Improvement, Newman said. “Alex is funny in a dark edgy way and witty in a surprising way, something we want her new show to capture.”
Borstein is already working hard on her development. “I would like to do a female-centric animated show that doesn’t really exist on Fox; I think it would be really cool to have an animated show there that has some ovary power,” she said, adding that this is the first step in a bigger plan for female domination: “First an animated show (with a female lead), then the White House.” As for her live-action project, “I love ensemble shows mostly because I’m lazy and don’t have to work that much on camera,” she quipped. WME-repped Borstein is currently expanding into another area with her first drama writing gig on Showtime’s upcoming adaptation of the British series Shameless.