EXCLUSIVE: Fox has bought an untitled John Legend comedy project from 20th Century Fox TV, studio-based Chernin Entertainment and Legend’s production company Get Lifted. Written by Sons Of Tucson‘s co-creators Tommy Dewey & Greg Bratman, the single-camera comedy is based loosely on Legend’s upbringing. It is about a guy in his early 20s who becomes the guardian to his own siblings while having to manage his burgeoning career and social life. Get Lifted principals Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorious will executive produce with Katherine Pope and Peter Chernin. Dewey and Bratman will co-executive produce.
The project is outside the pod deal Get Lifted recently signed with Universal Cable Prods. Singer-songwriter Legend, a nine-time Grammy winner, has been focused on television for the past several months. In addition to the development pact at UCP, he hosted and executive produced a music special for Showtime and starred on the ABC summer reality series Duets. Dewey, Bratman, and Get Lifted are represented by CAA.