‘Straight Outta Calabasas’ Comedy From Dave Jeser & Matt Silverstein Gets Fox Put Pilot Commitment

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Calabasas and Compton are diagonally opposite areas of Los Angeles, geographically and in virtually every other sense. The gritty city of Compton was the backdrop for the blockbuster N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. And now the affluent Northwest suburb of Calabasas, home of a host of celebrities, is the setting of Straight Outta Calabasas, a single-camera comedy series project that has received a put pilot commitment at Fox.

The project is written/executive produced by Drawn Together creators Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein. Here is how they Fox Logodescribe its premise: Two profoundly white, liberal LA parents discover their 10 year-old-son is a basketball prodigy. They suddenly find themselves wrapped up in a community they can’t possibly understand, forming an unlikely friendship with a family they have nothing in common with. 20th Century Fox TV, where Jeser and Silverstein are under an overall deal, is the studio.

Jeser and Silverstein recently worked on ADHD animated comedy series Axe Cop and Golan The Insatiable. Their live-action comedy experience includes stints on Andy Richer Controls The Universe, 3rd Rock From The Sun and Greg The Bunny. They are repped by WME.

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31 Comments

  1. THIS....on Sep 23, 2015 3:33 pm

    is EVERYTHING that’s wrong with network television in one summary. If this were an onion article, I wouldn’t be surprised, but an actual pitch that sold? That someone thought to buy? That someone found funny and sustainable as a SHOW? Let’s just tell it like it is…the Fox comedy execs are probably the worst of the big 4, and that’s saying something considering NBC and CBS is in that category. Oh man.

    • Anonymouson Sep 23, 2015 4:46 pm

      Word about the Onion as well as Fox comedies. Two that begin with “G” debut soon and should tank fast.

      • Wow...just wow...on Sep 23, 2015 5:18 pm

        If we needed any more proof on the lack of voices and diversity in hollywood, here it is: “Two profoundly white, liberal LA parents discover their 10 year-old-son is a basketball prodigy. They suddenly find themselves wrapped up in a community they can’t possibly understand, forming an unlikely friendship with a family they have nothing in common with…”

        I wonder what the African American agent in the TV lit department at WME thought of this pitch — oh wait.

        I wonder what the African American exec in comedy at 20th thought of this pitch — oh wait.

        I wonder what the African American exec in Fox’s comedy department at the network thought of this pitch — oh wait.

        This is a TOTAL embarrassment for all involved. If only Shonda reads this article, would be great to hear her thoughts as it relates to the state of the industry.

        • Anonymouson Sep 23, 2015 10:01 pm

          What are you so angry about? Can’t this just be one stupid white-skewing show? Or couldn’t it possibly have fleeting moments of honest conversations about race relations? What exactly would this apparently non-existent African American agent/exec whatever have to say about this show that no one else could? And why is that problem splattered all over this show?

          I understand your frustration about the lack of diversity in the ranks. Also understand you not liking the concept of this show. Don’t see how you blame one on the other.

          • Pedroon Sep 24, 2015 9:27 am

            He’s angry about the notion a white family couldn’t possible understand or have anything in common with a black family.

            It’s ridiculous.

        • Anonymouson Sep 24, 2015 6:58 am

          That was scathing & funny. Well done.

    • Anonymouson Sep 23, 2015 6:09 pm

      It would be funny if they pretended like they were hip and went wayover to get it and the otherside was normal like they really are on tv cept for the hiphop distant relative they think cares about them. 

  2. Anonymouson Sep 23, 2015 3:40 pm

    Two of the most unfunny men on the planet with credits to prove it.

    • Robon Sep 25, 2015 12:16 am

      At least they have real names, “anonymous”

  3. Alexon Sep 23, 2015 3:42 pm

    It just seems weird when a team has a list of credits and I have never even heard of a single one, save 3rd Rock. These guys cannot have made much money, none of these projects went big or even saw the light of day.

    • Danon Sep 23, 2015 4:44 pm

      I don’t know these two, but you clearly have no clue how the industry works. Credits basically mean nothing. The worst writer on the world can have great credits, and the best writers can spend years selling great scripts that end up in development hell. And yes, you can get fairly rich without big credits…

      • realitycheckon Sep 23, 2015 5:19 pm

        “The worst writer on the world can have great credits, and the best writers can spend years selling great scripts that end up in development hell.”

        TRUEST STATEMENT of how this business unfortunately works sometimes.

      • CarlPone@hotmail.comon Sep 24, 2015 7:10 am

        Get your head out of the sand, Dan. Credits mean everything when staffing goes down. That’s why the agencies send over their book of credits prior to sending writer samples for jobs that aren’t filled by friends and studio overalls. And to think D-girls don’t covet credits during development season is insane. These guys are awful and so they’ll never wrote the pilot well, but they’ll always work based on their credits assuming they remain at one of the big agencies that does all the packaging. It’s called the Friends Principle. Anyone who doesn’t have decent credits just has to deal with it. But I’ll agree that if you’re a decent writer you can overcome your credits. The color of your skin however, that’s a tough one to overcome in Hollywood in terms of getting opportunity. Heads down, keep moving.

    • Anonymouson Sep 23, 2015 10:03 pm

      Drawn Together was divisive, but I really enjoyed it. Animated comedy about a group of comic book/videogame/cartoon archetypes put together in a Big Brother house. YMMV, but it made me laugh.

  4. racismisaliveandwellon Sep 23, 2015 3:53 pm

    “They suddenly find themselves wrapped up in a community they can’t possibly understand, forming an unlikely friendship with a family they have nothing in common with.” …Really guys?

  5. John Ron Sep 23, 2015 4:00 pm

    They did fantastic work on Golan the Insatiable. Excited to see what’s next!

  6. Grave_Digger_69on Sep 23, 2015 4:20 pm

    Wow – sounds awesome!

  7. Dr. Commenton Sep 23, 2015 4:37 pm

    This makes little to no sense

  8. roberton Sep 23, 2015 4:48 pm

    All the execs that live in that area can totally relate. Thanks FOX for more of the white upper class perspective and how they view the rest of us.

    • Cookieon Sep 24, 2015 9:01 am

      Exactly! Who is this for?!?!

  9. knowingon Sep 23, 2015 5:37 pm

    Fox comedy execs are the worst.

    • Anonymouson Sep 23, 2015 5:42 pm

      Dave Madden isn’t exactly a cutup either. He considers Billy Crystal edgy.

  10. lalaboundon Sep 23, 2015 6:35 pm

    Like Dick Clark trying to take Soul Train …

  11. Alfred Sharpen Sron Sep 23, 2015 7:40 pm

    I dont get the concept. Is the family they will be friends with Black or something. Also, why mention white kid. As if its not possible to have a white good basketball players. Especially at the middle school and high school level. Its like Indiana basketball doesnt exist in this universe. I still dont get where the funny will come from.

    • Swifty Bizarreon Sep 23, 2015 8:36 pm

      Yes the rich family is white and their son is a b-ball prodigy. The other boys on the team are all black from poor families in low-income neighborhoods. You can see why Fox comedy execs bought this. They think it’s funny. They think it’s a laugh riot. They think it will be hilarious. They must be right they make a lot of money for being so smart.

      • Anonymouson Sep 23, 2015 10:26 pm

        And then they all shootup in the lockerrm
        hahaha good one

      • Really straight out of Comptonon Sep 24, 2015 1:40 pm

        If they can give it some of the charm of “The White Shadow” it could work.

        If they hire some funny diverse (young,black) writers, it could work!

        If they…hell who am I foolin…

  12. Michael Heisteron Sep 23, 2015 9:32 pm

    Dang it. Now I miss Drawn Together.

  13. Weakon Sep 23, 2015 10:15 pm

    i can already tell this is gonna be horrible. And the writers are not very good. How can I tell? Cuz only a bottom feeding low-talent having dollar chaser would even come up with this idea. It’s not funny. It’s pathetic. And it speaks to the personality and creative sensibilities of the minds behind it. Which makes it pretty easy to deduce suckage as a result.

    And of course Fox bought it.

  14. Holy crapon Sep 24, 2015 5:23 am

    Execs: Please stop preaching diversity and then buying white people center of the universe bs like this. Truly disheartening.

  15. TRSon Sep 24, 2015 7:49 am

    Straight outta ideas.

    This picture says it all. Clueless.