EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of the success last season of their comedy project About A Boy, which went to series at NBC, Jason Katims and his True Jack Prods. are back in half-hour development with another high-profile project at NBC. The network has handed a pilot production commitment to Former Fat Girl, from Universal TV where True Jack is based. Written by J.J. Philbin (New Girl), the single-camera comedy is loosely inspired by 10 Lessons from a Former Fat Girl, a nonfiction book by former Biggest Loser contestant Amy Parham, which True Jack optioned earlier this year. It is a comedic “adult coming-of-age” story of a formerly obese thirtysomething woman who has just recently shed the weight and is now experiencing life and relationships from her very unique perspective. Philbin is executive producing with True Jack’s Katims and Michelle Lee.
This is the second single-camera comedy project about a formerly fat protagonist to land a pilot production commitment this season. Last month, Fox bought Fattrick, from writers Nahnatchka Khan and Corey Nickerson and directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, about a handsome thirtysomething Patrick who was a ridiculed 10-year-old chubster. By then, Former Fat Girl had been well in the works, with the book identified by Katims and Lee last year and Philbin bought in as a writer in early summer. Having multiple projects in the same milieu the same development season is not unusual, with two Beauty And The Beast and Sleepy Hollow dramas developed the past couple of years, as well as two assistants pilots last year and two Wizard Of Oz dramas this season. This is CAA-repped True Jack’s second project in the works for next season, along with a Sarah Watson legal romantic comedy at ABC. Philbin is with UTA.