Fox Developing Catalina Island Comedy From Max Winkler & Jake Johnson

Fox has put in development Catalina, a single-camera comedy project from Max Winkler and Jake Johnson’s the Walcott Company and 20th Century Fox TV where the company is under an overall deal.

Written by Winkler, Johnson and Dr. Ken executive producer Mary Fitzgerald, Catalina centers on a carefree party-girl bartender who has never left her home town on the island of Catalina, and who is forced to finally take on the responsibilities of adulthood after the death of her mother. With the help of her estranged politician father, she discovers that perhaps her true calling is to run for mayor of her eclectic island community.


Winkler, who recently directed Rough House Pictures and Diablo Entertainment’s Flower, is set to direct the project, which had been referred to as “Weekend At Bernie’s set on Catalina.”

Winkler, Johnson and Fitzgerald executive produce with Jason Carden.

Winkler is repped by CAA, Management 360, and attorney Karl Austen; Johnson is repped by UTA and 3 Arts. Fitzgerald, whose series credits also include Cougar Town, Mom, Bad Judge, and Lucky Louie, is repped by ICM Partners.

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