Bowie and Sussman met and became friends years ago when they first started recurring together on The Big Bang Theory as Leonard and Sheldon’s nemesis Barry Kripke and comic book store owner Stuart, respectively. (Sussman has since become a series regular on Big Bang while Bowie is a series regular on ABC/20th TV’s comedy series Speechless.)
Shortly after they first met, the duo started writing together. Their comedy spec Dark Minions caught Sony TV’s attention, leading to The Ever After Part, which was their their first network sale. The pitch, bought by Fox in fall 2011 when the network again was actively pursuing multi-camera comedy, was also via Sony TV, with PYE and McGrath attached.
I hear it was Fox comedy chief Suzanna Makkos’ idea to revive The Ever After Part. The concept has been tweaked a bit, with one of Sony TV’s top comedy showrunners, Tolan, coming on board as co-writer, executive producer and showrunner.