Dan Fogelman had a good day at the California Film Commission, with both approvals for TV tax incentives in the pilot category going to hourlong projects from the Galavant and The Neighbors creator. But while the NBC dramedy pilot already has been cast, with Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia starring, Fogelman’s Fox baseball drama has not been picked up to pilot yet.
The project, on which Fogelman has teamed with veteran comedy writer Rick Singer (American Dad!), landed at Fox in September with a put pilot commitment. The intention all along has been to proceed with a pilot order, thus the tax incentive application. I hear that while there has been a delay, the drama is expected to get a pilot greenlight soon.
Based on an idea by Singer, the untitled project — from 20th Century Fox TV, where Fogelman is under an overall deal — follows a young pitcher who defies the odds to become the first woman to compete in professional baseball. In a drama pairing of two comedy writers, Singer penned the script with Fogelman. The two executive produce with Tony Bill and Helen Bartlett.