Fox Brings Multi-Camera Comedy Back With 'Short-Com Comedy Hour' Summer Series

EXCLUSIVE: When Fox didn’t order a single multi-camera pilot this past season and presented an all single-camera comedy lineup for next season at the upfronts, it seemed like the network had closed the door on the traditional sitcom format. That is not the case. Not only is Fox plotting a return to the multi-sitcom form, it is going back to its heyday when standup comedians like Bill Cosby and Jerry Seinfeld & Larry David ruled the TV comedy world. Fox has greenlighted The Short-Com Comedy Hour, a new series to launch next summer that will feature short-form sitcoms, or “short-coms.” It is envisioned as both a contemporary spin on multi-camera comedy and an alternative development platform for the network, a showcase for comedic talent and incubator for future multi-camera comedy series created by and starring standup comedians. “We are basically ripping open the traditional scripted comedy development process with The Short-Com Comedy Hour,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. “Our end goal is to provide distinct comedy voices with a world-class platform to experiment, grow and perfect their ideas and to hopefully build them into mainstream comedy hits in the future.” (more…)

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