October 24, 2012 2:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Steve Carell, Chris Weitz to Exec Produce Fox Comedy From 'Daily Show' Correspondent
Steve Carell is returning to the small screen.
The former star of NBC's The Office is teaming with The Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones and About a Boy's Chris Weitz for an untitled family comedy set up at Fox, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Jones will pen and potentially star in the single-camera comedy about what happens to a single guy who never wanted a family until he's tasked with caring for his sister's two children after she's called back to active duty.
Carell will executive produce the single-camera project from 20th Television, which has secured a script order at Fox, via his Carousel TV banner alongside vp development Thom Hinkle, Weitz and his Depth of Field exec Andrew Miano.
For his part, Carell has focused on his feature career after leaving the NBC comedy at the end of its seventh season. Warner Bros.' comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will bow in March, and the Anchorman sequel also is set for next year, with other films in development.
The untitled comedy is a Daily Show reunion of sorts for Carell and Jones, who did not work together during the Office star's time with the Comedy Central series.
Weitz, whose credits also include the American Pie franchise and Twilight: New Moon, recently inked a first-look deal with Fox TV Studios to develop potential series for cable with brother Paul Weitz. He's repped by WME and Morris Yorn.
Carousel TV is repped by WME; Jones is with UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney Ken Richman.