EXCLUSIVE: In a preemptive buy, Fox has taken in a single-camera comedy from the husband-and-wife writing team of Ken Marino & Erica Oyama, producer Will Gluck and Sony TV with a significant penalty attached. Childrens Hospital co-star Marino is set to topline the project, which he and Oyama have based on the life of another couple, Sam Calagione, founder of the popular Dogfish Head Brewery, and his wife/business partner, Mariah. According to the producers, this is a show about a couple who are working on their American Dream, a couple who support each other, inspire each other, are madly in love, drive each other crazy, build a company from the ground up and blend their employees and children into one big happy family. Marino, Oyama and Olive Bridge’s Gluck and Richie Schwartz executive produce.
As an actor, Party Down alum Marino has a season-long arc on the upcoming fourth and final season of HBO‘s comedy series Eastbound & Down. He also did two pilots last season — NBC’s The Gates and Brenda Forever – and has the Emmy-nominated digital series Burning Love, which re-airs on E!. On Burning Love, Marino is collaborating with Oyama, with whom he also is co-writing two feature projects, True Freshman for 21 Laps/Radar and Fox, and Go The F To Sleep for Fox 2000. The duo are with Paradigm and Principato-Young. UTA-repped Gluck executive produces NBC/Sony’s upcoming comedy series The Michael J Fox Show.