Rob Riggle is in final negotiations to topline The Gabriels (formerly House Rules), Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot from 20th TV and Principato Young. I hear the deal also includes a producing/development component for Riggle. Written by Andrew Gurland and Justin Hurwitz and to be directed by Jason Winer, The Gabriels centers on a neurotic family with contempt for all things normal that tries their best to fit into their small Midwest town where everyone knows each other and politeness reigns. Riggle will play the family’s patriarch in the pilot, executive produced by Gurland, Hurwitz, David Dobkin, Peter Principato and Paul Young.
Riggle, repped by WME, Principato-Young and attorney Warren Dern, most recently had a talent/development deal at HBO, and the pay cable network will continue to develop the projects he originated there. Last year, Riggle was in 21 Jump Street and The Lorax, hosted the 20th 2012 ESPY Awards, joined the FOX Sports NFL Sunday pregame show team and guest starred on the Fox/20th comedy series New Girl. He recently launched his web series Coogan Auto on YouTube’s Loud Channel.