After lengthy negotiations, Fox has closed a deal with Universal TV and Greg Daniels‘ studio-based Deedle Dee for a sibling comedy written by Tom Gormican and Richie Keen. It centers on Richie, a mediocre professional tennis player who returns to his college town, the scene of his greatness, in order to reboot his life, only to be caught between a lifestyle he never got to live — embodied by his carefree, bar-owning, younger brother Tom — and Kirsten, the love of his life he will have to grow up in order to get. Gormican and Keen executive produce with Daniels, Deedle Dee’s Tracy Katsky and 3 Arts’ Howard Klein and Oly Obst.
This marks the latest comedy sale for Deedle Dee this season, along with a project starring The Office‘s Craig Robinson and written by The Office‘s Owen Ellickson at NBC; a Harris Wittels project at ABC starring The Office’s Brian Baumgatner; and projects at NBC written by The Office‘s Robert Padnick and Parks And Recreation‘s Alan Yang. Gormican’s script Are We Officially Dating? landed on the 2010 Black List.