Written by Day and Paul Fruchbom, with comedy veteran Kevin Abbott set as showrunner, Cool Kids revolves around three guy friends in a retirement community who are the top dogs until they’re blown out of the water by the newest member of the community, a female rebel who’s ready to challenge their place – it’s high school with 70 somethings.
Cool Kids, from 20th Century Fox TV in association with FX Prods., where Day, McElhenney and Howerton’s RCG banner has a first-look deal, has the same retirement village setting as Norman Lear and Peter Tolan’s Guess Who Died, a single-camera comedy (and longtime passion project of Lear’s), which recently landed at NBC with a big production commitment. At the time Guess Who Died was taken out last month, Cool Kids already had been earmarked for a pilot order at Fox, with its green light contingent on securing Abbott as showrunner.
This marks Abbott’s return to 20th TV where he served as showrunner on two multi-camera comedy series that went to syndication, Last Man Standing and Reba. Additionally, he created and executive produced the Reba McEntire-starring ABC comedy series Malibu Country and exec produced TV Land’s retirement community comedy Retired at 35.
Cool Kids’ pickup is part of Fox’s recent initiative for off-cycle development and pilot orders spearheaded by the network’s outgoing entertainment president David Madden who is headed to AMC.
It also is part of Fox’s current push in multi-camera comedy. The network, which has not aired a multi-camera comedy series for three seasons, recently gave a put pilot commitment to multi-camera school comedy Suspended and a script plus penalty commitment to live, interactive multi-camera comedy Immediate Family, with Thomas Kail attached to direct.
The Cool Kids pilot is being executive produced by Day, McElhenney, Howerton, Abbott and Nick Frenkel, with Fruchbom co-executive producing.
Day is repped by WME, 3 Arts, and attorney David Weber. Fruchbom is repped by Verve, Circle of Confusion and attorney Chris Abramson. Abbott is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.
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