October 04, 2013 3:49pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Happy Endings' Duo Set Up Comedies at Fox, NBC (Exclusive)
Happy Endings' Brian Bradley and Steven Cragg have set up comedies at Fox and NBC.
The duo, who inked an overall deal with Universal Television in March, will team with Steve McPherson for Winners at Fox and The Bright Side at NBC.
Winners is a comedy centering on three overly ambitious millennial siblings on the verge of fame and fortune who crater their lives. Returning home to lick their wounds, they find that their self-made old-school father has another plan in mind for his entitled children.
The Bright Side revolves around a man who helps his career-driven chef wife transform a greasy spoon into a hipster diner. When she abandons him, he's left as a single father and the owner/operator of someone else's dream. Overwhelmed, he finds himself relying on a group of fringe-dwelling regulars who become a pseudo-family to him and his son.
Both comedies hail from Universal Television and come after the duo served as consulting producers on ABC's cult comedy Happy Endings. The writing team, who were previously based at ABC Studios, worked on Scrubs and ABC's comedy pilot Kings of Van Nuys, which starred John Leguizamo.
Bradley, repped by UTA and Hirsch Wallerstein, started his career working as a writer on MadTV. For his part, Cragg started as a writer on Saturday Night Live before segueing to MadTV. He's repped by Paradigm and Felker Toczek.
For McPherson, the Fox comedy marks the latest of several the former ABC executive has set up this development season. After inking partnership deals with Lionsgate TV and Fox earlier this year, McPherson is also teaming with Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price for Guilt at Fox, with The Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki for another comedy at Fox, and he has Sister Whipped -- with David Janollari -- at CBS.