Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Re-Training Day, a single-camera comedy from Uncle Buck developers/executive producers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, Ed Helms and Mike Falbo’s Pacific Electric Picture Co., Storied Media Group and Universal TV.
Written and executive produced by Cragg and Bradley and inspired by a piece on NPR’s Planet Money, Re-Training Day centers around Kim, a progressive graduate from the Berkeley School of Public Policy who, after her husband moves them back to his Missouri hometown, takes a job as the director of a local career center. But when her well-meaning, liberal ideas slam up against her employees’ and clients’ conservative attitudes, she enlists the help of Dan, an out-of-work factory worker, to act as her cultural translator. Together they form an unlikely friendship and begin building a rickety bridge across the cultural divide.
Helms and Falbo executive produce via Pacific Electric alongside Storied Media Group’s Todd Hoffman, Dennis Kim and Whitney Berry. Universal TV, where Cragg and Bradley are under an overall deal, is the studio.
This is Fox’s second culture-clash comedy buy this development cycle. The network has given a put pilot commitment to an untitled single-camera project based on an Israeli format from Empire and Star co-creator Lee Daniels, Modern Family executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran and Endemol Shine.
Bradley and Cragg previously had two scripts that went to pilot: Uncle Buck, which landed a series order at ABC, and How We Live at NBC. The duo, who got their start in late-night as writers on MadTV and Saturday Night Live, also served as consulting producers on ABC’s Happy Endings and Scrubs.
Bradley is repped by UTA and Hirsch Wallerstein. Cragg is with UTA and Fred Toczek. Helms is repped by UTA, Principato-Young and Schreck Rose.