February 03, 2012 6:35pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox Nabs Comedy From 'Modern Family's' Steve Levitan, 'Last Man Standing' Duo
Fox Broadcasting now has a piece of Modern Family's Steve Levitan.
The network, whose sister studio 20th Television produces the Emmy-winning ABC comedy, has picked up and given pilot orders to a comedy from the Modern Family showrunner, the studio announced Friday.
Rebounding, which Levitan will produce alongside Last Man Standing consulting producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, is described as uplifting comedy about a man recovering from the death of his fiancé with the help of the idiots on his pickup basketball team. The script is based on real events in Port's life and developed at 20th TV.
The single-camera comedy, which was being shopped to the networks this week, will be executive produced by Levitan, Port and Wiseman. Port and Wiseman co-created and penned the script. Modern Family helmer Jason Winer will direct the pilot and attached as an executive producer. Levitan was initially attached to direct.
Rebounding hails from 20th Television, where Levitan, Port and Wiseman are under overall deals, and comes as the Big 4 are wrapping up pilot orders, with more than 30 projects already moving to the casting stage.
Port and Wiseman's credits include New Girl, Perfect Couples, The Office and Just Shoot Me.
The news comes days after Modern Family collected its second SAG comedy ensemble award and weeks after the series repeated its Golden Globe series win.
The pickup comes hours after Fox ordered two additional comedies -- from WIlfred and Resue Me scribes -- to pilot. All told, Fox currently has 10 comedy pilots.