EXCLUSIVE: Steve Dildarian, creator/executive producer of The Life & Times Of Tim, has sold a new comedy project to Fox, where HBO’s cult animated comedy originated as a pilot presentation almost five years ago. Dildarian’s new comedy for Fox, The Commuters, is live-action and produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Shawn Levy and Marty Adelstein’s studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein Prods. The Commuters, which has received a script order, is a single-camera office comedy about a diverse group of co-workers who are bonded by their daily drive from New Jersey to New York. Dildarian is writing and will executive produce with Adelstein, Levy and Becky Clements. Coincidentally, Clements’ husband, Werner Entertainment’s Mike Clements, developed and executive produced The Life & Times Of Tim with Dildarian.
The Life & Times Of Tim, on which Dildarian also voiced the title character, ended its three-year run on HBO this year. Dildarian started off in advertising, winning numerous awards including more than 35 Clios and six Cannes Lions for his work with brands such as Budweiser and Staples. For 21 Laps/Adelstein, this marks the sixth broadcast sale this season, along with three other comedies — Andrea Abbate at ABC, Mandy Moore/Rich Appel at ABC, and Valerie Breiman at NBC — and two dramas, an Allan Heinberg project at ABC and a Tony and Joe Gayton one at NBC. Dildarian and 21 Laps/Adelstein are repped by WME.