EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Fat, Forty And Fired, a multi-camera family comedy from writer Jeff Astrof (Grounded For Life), went to ABC with a put pilot commitment. Based on the book of the same name by Nigel Marsh, Fat, Forty And Fired centers on a man and father who, upon losing his job, realizes that there is more to life than work. Warner Bros. TV is producing, with Astrof executive producing alongside Mike Karz and Josie Rosen. Astrof is repped by ICM Partners, 3 Arts and Michael Gendler.

Marsh’s memoir Fat, Forty And Fired: The Year I Lost My Job And Got A Life recounts the Australian marketing executive’s life during the nine months he spent at home with the kids when his company was shut down. Astrof serves as a co-executive producer on Warner Bros TV’s upcoming multi-camera CBS comedy Partners. His deal for Partners included a blind script commitment, which led to Fat, Forty And Fired. In addition to Fat, Forty And Fired and Partners, Astrof worked with CBS and Warner Bros. TV on The New Adventures Of Old Christine, which he joined after the pilot and served as a co-executive producer for the entire five-season run.