In what is likely one of the last competitive bidding situations and big commitments this pitch season, Fox has nabbed a single-camera comedy starring Rob Riggle as a put pilot. Based on the Austrian comedy series Braunschlag, the untitled comedy hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Principato-Young Entertainment (Black-ish, Married).
The American version will be developed by The Office, 30 Rock and American Dad alum Steve Hely. It follows the quirky inhabitants of a small struggling town whose mayor (Riggle) is prepared to do anything to save his community. Seriously. Anything. Hely and Riggle executive produce with Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil and PYE’s Peter Principato and Paul Young.
The project originated with Jalil and WME bringing the format to PYE. With Riggle, repped by WME and PYE, on board, the comedy garnered interest from multiple studios. 20th TV joined forces with sibling Fox to land the pitch, and Hely, who is under an overall deal at 20th TV, was attached as a writer.
The Austrian series Braunschlag, created by David Schalko, had an eight-episode run on the ORF Network in 2012. The hourlong show generated the best primetime ratings in the network’s 20-year history and received the Romy Awards Jury Prize in 2012. Here is a trailer (in German):
Riggle, who has been sought after the last few pilot seasons, co-stars in box office champ Dumb and Dumber To and is currently doing his “Riggles Picks” segment on Fox’s NFL Sunday.
This marks Intrigue’s fourth network sale this season, along with drama Game Of Silence, based on a Turkish format, which has a production commitment at NBC, as well as First Lady at the CW, based on a Chilean telenovela, and All In, a comedy at CBS based on an original spec developed in-house.
PYE also has comedy How Not To Calm Your Child On A Plane at CBS with Will Arnett’s Electric Avenue production company. Hely is repped by WME and 3 Arts. In addition to WME and PYE, Riggle is with attorney Warren Dern.
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