EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, a comedy pitch by comedian Mo Mandel has landed at Fox. The single-camera comedy, produced by Happy Madison and Sony Pictures TV, is loosely based on Mandel’s relationship with his brother. It is described as a sibling rivalry show in the vein of Step Brothers. Mandel will write as well as executive produce with Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson. There is no deal in place for Mandel to act but he is writing one of the characters with himself in mind. Fox has an upcoming comedy series starring its writer, Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project.
Additionally, Fox has made developing comedy series with standup comedians a priority. The network recently greenlighted The Short-Com Comedy Hour, a new series to launch next summer that will feature short-form multi-camera sitcoms created by and starring standup comedians. Mandel, repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment, has been a frequent panelist on E!’s Chelsea Lately and co-starred on the short-lived NBC comedy series Free Agents.