5:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox Developing Live Interactive Comedy From 'Grease Live's' Thomas Kail
Fox is ready to throw its hat into the live comedy arena.
The network is teaming with Grease Live and Hamilton's Thomas Kail as well as New Girl duo Dave Finkel and Brett Baer for Immediate Family, a live, interactive family comedy.
The multicamera effort, which landed at Fox with a script plus penalty commitment, is about a real-life hero who’s convinced he’s the only one who can keep his super-diverse, super screwed-up family from falling apart. He might be alone on that.
Finkel and Baer — longtime writing partners whose credits also include 30 Rock and United States of Tara — will pen the script and executive produce. Kail — who won a Tony for helming Hamilton and two Emmys for Fox's Grease Live — will direct the potential pilot and produce the 20th Century Fox Television and Old 320 Sycamore project. Old 320 Sycamore head of development Kate Sullivan will also be credited as an exec producer.
The live comedy comes more than a year after NBC turned Undateable into a live comedy in its third season. The series, which boasted a cast comprised of stand-up comics, aired live on both coasts during its third season on Fridays. Despite being a favorite among critics, the live element did not produce an uptick in viewership and the show from Warner Bros. Television was canceled.
Broadcast networks continue to put a priority on live DVR-proof programming like holiday musicals (such as Grease Live) as well as awards shows and sports.
Finkel and Baer are repped by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. Kail, who has an overall deal with 20th TV, is with WME.