Friends With Better Lives creator Dana Klein has reunited with the series’ executive producer Aaron Kaplan for a new multi-camera comedy, which has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. The project hails from FWBL producer, 20th Century Fox TV, where Klein has an overall deal, and Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Titled The Bad Stanleys, the multi-camera family comedy is about two competitive brothers– one who peaked early in life and one who is peaking now– and their respective families. Told from the point of view of the brother who peaked early, the show is about sibling rivalry– comparing and competing and worrying you haven’t lived up to your potential when your brother has clearly exceeded his. Klein and Kaplan executive produce.
This is the third consecutive collaboration for Friends alumna Klein, Kaplan and 20th TV, who first teamed for Daddy’s Girls. The multi-camera comedy, written by Klein, went to pilot at NBC. Like with Klein’s previous projects, Bad Stanleys too incorporates semi-autobiographical elements. I hear 20th TV and Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman, long-time fans of Klein from the studio side, took the pitch along with Fox’s new entertainment president David Madden. The project was bought in the room.
FWBL premiered this midseason behind the series finale of How I Met Your Mother. It wasn’t a runaway hit but did solid business and developed a fan base, so its cancellation came as a surprise.