EXCLUSIVE: In a very competitive situation with multiple networks bidding, a comedy starring Rachael Harris (Hangover) and The Office‘s Angela Kinsey has gone to Fox with a put pilot commitment. Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer is set to direct the project, created by Glee co-executive producer Stacy Traub, Harris and Kinsey and to be written by Traub. Titled Dirty Blondes, the comedy, from 20th Century Fox TV, is based on the real life long-time friendship of Kinsey and Harris. It centers on two women who’ve been friends for 16 years. Both get divorced and are brought closer together by the experience. Traub and Fleischer executive produce, with Harris and Kinsey co-executive producing.
Harris and Kinsey have been friends since meeting at the Los Angeles Groundlings improv theater early in their careers. Meanwhile, Traub worked with Harris on the 2007 ABC comedy series Notes From The Underbelly created by Traub and co-starring Harris.
Angela Kinsey, who plays Dunder Mifflin’s feisty, tightly wound head of accounting on The Office, is the second regular cast member of the departing NBC comedy to book a lead on a potential new series, along with Rainn Wilson who is headlining The Office spinoff The Farm. For Fleischer, the project stems from the two-year deal with 20th TV he inked in July. It marks his second sale at Fox; he also has John Phillips comedy Starting Up.
UTA-repped Fleischer started out directing music video and commercials, moved on to directing segments for ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Funny Or Die videos. His feature credits include Zombieland, 30 Minute Or Less and Gangster Squad. Harris, repped by UTA, Principato-Young and Rick Genow, recently recurred on Fox’s New Girl and co-starred in the feature Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days; Kinsey is with UTA and Adam Griffin; Traub is with UTA.