Duo lands comedies at Fox, TV Land

Projects from John Beck, Ron Hart have script commitments

Comedy writer-producers John Beck and Ron Hart have set up two multicamera comedies.

At Fox, the pair has "Extended Family"; at TV Land, they have "Many Wives of Jon."

The projects, both with script commitments, are based on Beck's real-life experiences.

"Family," from Sony TV and Apostle, centers on a blue-collar mom in charge of foster kids. It is inspired by Beck's childhood, when his mother took in foster children to live with them.

"It's like 'Roseanne' meets 'Malcolm in the Middle,' " Hart said.

Beck and Hart found support for the idea in Apostle senior vp Tom Sellitti, who also grew up as the biological child in a household full of foster kids.

"Wives" revolves around a young couple and how their lives change when the wife's family moves in with them. It is based on a period in Beck's life when his wife's mother, sister and 5-year-old niece came to live with them.

"They have to keep their relationship safe from the people they're related to," Beck said.

Beck and Hart, who spent the past seven years on ABC's "According to Jim," are repped by WME and the Shuman Co.
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