Fox has been very aggressive on the comedy side this season, taking another high-profile half-hour project from sibling 20th Century Fox TV off the market pre-emptively with a major commitment. The network has handed a put pilot commitment to a comedy from writer Andrea Abbate, 20th TV and studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein. Tentatively titled Paroled, the project is described as a male Laverne and Shirley on parole. WME-repped Abbate executive produces with 21 Laps/Adelstein’s Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy and Becky Clements. This is a re-teaming for Abbate, 20th TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein who last year sold a family comedy to ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project went to pilot toplined by Kelly Preston.
This is the third comedy project from 20th TV that Fox has bought pre-emptively in a big deal this summer, following pilot production commitments for Nahnatchka Khan, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s Fatrick and Cindy Chupack/Jake Kasdan’s The Longest Date. The network also has made the only series commitment to a half-hour project so far this season, snatching a college comedy from Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Universal TV, and also has given put pilot commitments to comedies Stuck, produced by Rashida Jones & Will McCormack through Warner Bros., and The Henchman, from Dan Kopelman and John Hamburg, which was bought on spec.