How about that? Fox’s off-cycle multi-camera comedy pilot The Cool Kids (fka Cool Kids), from the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia team, rode its late momentum all the way to a series pickup. It is one of two new series orders at Fox today, along with the Danny Strong-produced legal drama Proven Innocent. Both come from Fox sibling 20th Century Fox TV.
Retirement-home comedy pilot The Cool Kids had kept a largely low profile despite solid testing and screenings until Fox and 20th TV, following the big return of Roseanne on ABC, recently set out to resurrect 20th TV’s former ABC multi-camera comedy series Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen.
While the deals for the new season of Last Man Standing are still being finalized, its imminent arrival shook up Fox’s comedy pilot field, giving a boost to The Cool Kids, which has become the first Fox comedy pilot this season to get a series order. It likely will to be paired with LMS on the fall schedule. Early half-hour standout Rel is said to remain in contention, possibly for midseason, along with Dan the Weatherman.
On the drama side, Proven Innocent (fka Untitled David Elliott/Danny Strong) joins drama front-runner, The Passage, which yesterday became the first 2018 Fox pilot to get to series. Proven Innocent was one of two Fox drama pilots that were in a race for the network’s second drama slot, along with an Ilene Chaiken/Melissa Scrivner Love project starring Katie Holmes. With Holmes’ flawed FBI agent at the center, that drama has drawn parallels to Homeland. While pretty edgy for broadcast, I hear the pilot remains in contention, also possibly for midseason. I hear romantic musical drama Mixtape may be redeveloped.
Meanwhile, Proven Innocent gives Fox a potential procedural franchise, something the network has been looking to add to its portfolio since the end of Bones.
Here are details about the two newly picked up Fox series:
THE COOL KIDS
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television in association with FX Productions
Format: Multi-camera comedy
Ws: Charlie Day and Paul Fruchbom
EPs: Charlie Day, Nick Frenkel
EP/Showrunner: Kevin Abbott
D/EP: Don Scardino
Co-EP: Paul Fruchbom
LOGLINE: Three guy friends in a retirement community are the top dogs until they’re blown out of the water by the newest member of the community, a female rebel whose ready to challenge their place – it’s high school with 70 somethings.
Vicki Lawrence – “Margaret”
Martin Mull – “Charlie”
David Alan Grier – “Hank”
Leslie Jordan – “Sid”
Studio: Danny Strong Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Format: One-hour drama
EP/W: David Elliot
D: Patricia Riggen
EPs/NW: Danny Strong, Stacy Greenberg
Logline: A legal drama set in an wrongful conviction firm. Led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer with a hunger for justice, the team reopens investigations, putting their own lives in danger to exonerate the innocent that were ‘proven’ guilty. Our lead’s motivation comes from her infamous past; as a young adult she was found guilty and later exonerated in a high-profile case in which she became a tabloid sensation, household name and national celebrity. While a hero and a victim to some, her bold and bullish tactics garner her some enemies— one of whom will do anything to see her go down for a crime we know she did not commit. We will watch her defend others as she fights to maintain her own innocence.
Rachelle Lefevre — “Madeline Scott”
Russell Hornsby — “Ezekiel ‘Easy’ Boudreau”
Nikki M. James — “Violet Bell”
Vincent Kartheiser — “Bodie Quick”
Riley Smith — “Levi Scott”
Clare O’Connor — “Young Madeline Scott”
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