EXCLUSIVE: The trio behind Ted, the biggest comedy hit of the summer, are teaming for another project, this time in television. Fox has snagged the multi-camera live-action comedy, written/executive produced by Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and executive produced by Ted co-writer/director/star Seth MacFarlane, with a put pilot commitment that has a series penalty behind it. The untitled project, from 20th Century Fox TV where MacFarlane is under a rich overall deal, centers on two successful guys in their 30s who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them.
Writing team Wild and Sulkin have worked with MacFarlane for a while — they have been on Family Guy since 2005, rising to executive producers. Family Guy is one of three animated series MacFarlane has on Fox, along with spinoff The Cleveland Show and American Dad, as well as the upcoming reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.
Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis and MacFarlane as the voice of Ted, has become the sleeper hit of the summer, grossing $408 million worldwide to date. MacFarlane, Sulkin and Wild are repped by WME.