FX has put in development Starters, a half-hour comedy from writer Dan Kennedy, and Ed Helms’ Pacific Electric Picture Co. Will Graham (Onion News Network) is attached to direct and showrun.

FX logoStarters is described as a dark comedy set in America’s true underbelly of chemical addiction and appetizers: corporate theme restaurant chains. Pacific Electric’s Helms and Mike Falbo are executive producing.

Kennedy is a New York City-based humorist, contributor for McSweeney’s and host of The Moth storytelling podcast and live events. He is the author of three books: American Spirit: A Novel, Loser Goes First, and Rock On, which was optioned by HBO. He is writing feature The Escort for DreamWorks and his feature Mr. Right Now is being produced by The Montecito Picture Company.

Graham executive produced and directed the 2011 Onion News Network TV series.

Graham, Helms, and Kennedy are repped by UTA. Helms is also with Principato Young, and Kennedy and Graham are managed by Kaplan/Perrone.