Comedy writer-producer Blake McCormick (Cougar Town) has closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, he is joining the studio’s new fall paranormal comedy Ghosted on Fox as co-executive producer while also developing new projects.
McCormick got his start at 20th TV, where he worked briefly as a producers’ assistant on two shows before landing his first writers job on the studio’s animated comedy King of the Hill. He went on to join the ABC/TBS/ABC Studios comedy series Cougar Town at the beginning of its second season, rising through the ranks to executive producer/showrunner.
During the 2014-15 development season, McCormick teamed with 20th TV on another paranormal investigation comedy project, Strange Calls. It was one of two scripts by McCormack to go to pilot that season, including the CBS/Warner Bros. TV Rush Hour adaptation, co-developed with Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence, which went to series.
“We have a history with Blake dating all the way back to King of the Hill, and he’s shown that he’s as versatile a writer as he is very, very funny,” said 20th TV President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis. “He’ll work on our big priority comedy Ghosted this fall and develop new projects for us as well. We’re happy to welcome him back.”
Buddy comedy Ghosted, which premieres October 1, stars Craig Robinson and Adam Scott as polar-opposite partners – a cynical skeptic and a genius “true believer” in the paranormal – who are recruited to investigate unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles, all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race. The executive producers are Tom Gormican, who wrote the pilot; Kevin Etten, who serves as showrunner; along with Robinson, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott, Oly Obst and Mark Schulman.
McCormick is repped by UTA, Kaplan Perrone and attorney Jared Levine.