Fox is swinging the comedy format pendulum heading into next season, adding three new multi-camera series while cancelling at least three single-camera ones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mick and The Last Man On Earth, which all got the ax earlier today.
The latest new multi-camera addition to Fox’s schedule for next season is the Lil Rel Howery starrer Rel, from Jerrod Carmichael, Mike Scully and 20th Century Fox TV. It joins recently picked up pilot-to-series multi-camera comedy The Cool Kids as well as the Last Man Standing revival, which is still being finalized. The retirement home-set The Cool Kids had been rumored as a potential companion for LMS on the fall schedule, so Rel could be for a midseason.
Returning to multi-camera comedies, which Fox abandoned a couple of years ago, was a priority for the network’s new entertainment president Michael Thorn. “I believe in them, we all believe in them, and to find one that has a signature Fox bold character at the center would be great,” he told Deadline in January.
Rel, starring Howrey and co-starring Sinbad as his dad, was the frontrunner among the Fox comedy pilots this season before a late surge by the off-cycle The Cool Kids, boosted by the network’s decision to bring back Last Man Standing.
Written/executive produced by Josh Rabinowitz & Kevin Barnett and Howrey and directed by Gerry Cohen, Rel was inspired by Howrey’s life. It centers on Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come,” finds that attitude put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the West Side of Chicago on a quest for love, respect, and a new barber.
Jess “Hilarious” Moore and Jordan L. Jones also co-star in the series. Scully serves as showrunner and executive produces alongside Carmichael.