EXCLUSIVE: Fox will not be proceeding with its series plans for Famous, a half-hour comedy created by veteran comedy writer-producer Ralph Farquhar (Real Husbands Of Hollywood) and A Girl Like Grace co-writer/director/co-star Ty Hodges. The project was given a 10-episode straight-to-series order earlier this month. It was slated for June 12 premiere and a summer run in the Sunday 9-9:30 PM time slot. Famous is being taken off the schedule but will remain in development.
The decision comes as the series was casting. A writers room had been assembled to work on scripts but the show was yet to begin production. Famous was to be filmed in mock-documentary style at a couples therapy session, featuring dating high school teachers Fred and Geneva, both of whom secretly aspire to work in Hollywood.
Famous originally had been pitched to Fox a few years ago when the network ordered a presentation but ultimately passed on it. When Fox’s new leadership was looking for summer programming this year, a creative executive brought up Famous. It was very well received, leading to the series order.
Created and written by Farquhar and Hodges, Famous was laid off at 20th Century Fox Television at the time of the pickup.