Champion: The Jeff Beekman Story, a single-camera comedy penned by Penguins of Madagascar co-writers Michael Colton & John Aboud and produced by Mila Kunis, has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. ABC Studios is the studio.
Champion chronicles the everyday experiences of a hyper-competitive but perpetual underdog dad presented like a sports documentary, with commentary and analysis. Said the writers, “Because sometimes dealing with your family can be as dramatic as the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals.”
Long-time writing partners Colton and Aboud are writing the script and will executive produce with Kunis, Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov of Orchard Farm Prods. The project stems from the first-look deal Orchard Farm inked with ABC Studios at its launch last fall.
Champion will be looking to join another ABC Studios single-camera dad comedy at Fox, the upcoming series Grandfathered starring John Stamos. Its use of a sports documentary style is somewhat reminiscent of the 2001 NBC dating comedy Inside Schwartz, which was produced by 20th TV, run by Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
Harvard Lampoon alums Colton & Aboud, known for launching the Modern Humorist online magazine and serving as panelists on VH1’s Best Week Ever, have worked as writers on such series as Leverage and Childrens Hospital. They are with CAA and Jared Levine.
Kunis, who got her start on TV as a star on That ’70s Show and continues her voiceover work on one of the top animated series on television, Family Guy, is repped by CAA and Patti Felker.