After lengthy negotiations, Fox has given a six-episode order to single-camera comedy Weird Loners, from writer Michael Weithorn, who wrote the project on spec and sold it to Fox. It was then laid off at 20th TV, with studio-based director-producer Jake Kasdan coming on board to executive produce alongside Weithorn. Weird Loners is the story of four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, NY.
Additionally, Fox has given pilot orders to comedies Dead Boss and Sober Companion, both geared toward series. Single-camera Dead Boss, which had a put pilot commitment, hails from Warner Bros TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh and starring Horgan, Dead Boss was written by Patricia Breen (Suburgatory). It is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. Breen is executive producing with Horgan and Kaplan. This is the fourth Horgan/Kaplan project to go to pilot, following Pulling — also based on a Horgan British series — Bad Mom and Bad Management, all three at ABC. It is Kaplan’s second pilot order this season, along with The Mysteries Of Laura at NBC. He also has series Secrets & Lies at ABC.
Multi-camera Sober Companion, from CBS Television Studios and writers/exec producers David S. Rosenthal and Jennie Snyder Urman, centers on a charming, but self-destructive attorney finds his world turned upside down when a court-appointed, and highly unconventional, sober companion takes control of his life.