September 02, 2014 10:15am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jermaine Fowler Developing Semi-Autobiographical Comedy for ABC (Exclusive)
ABC is looking to Jermaine Fowler for its next offbeat family comedy.
The network is teaming with the comedian for a semi-autobiographical comedy based on his life, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The untitled entry, which has received a script commitment, hails from ABC Studios and would star Fowler as a college dropout who winds up living with his estranged grandmother, a former DC cop who provides the perfect mix of parenting, laughs and adventure that gets him off the couch and out into the world.
Fowler will exec produce alongside 3 Arts' Avi Gilbert and Michael Rotenberg.
Fowler, a stand-up comedian, is part of College Humor's touring cast. He's been featured on MTV2's Guy Code and Comedy Central's Comedy Underground With Dave Attell. He co-created, writes and stars in TruTV's sketch comedy Friends of the People. He's repped by APA and 3 Arts.
Semi-autobiographical fare continues to be a hot genre among the broadcast networks this development season. ABC is also prepping a comedy inspired by the life of Johnny Knoxville and Fox is looking to Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo for a coming of age comedy.