'Earl' producer in Fox deal

Bobby Bowman on board for family comedy

Fox has teamed with "My Name Is Earl" executive producer Bobby Bowman for a family comedy project.

The untitled show, which has received a premium script commitment, hails from 20th TV -- where Bowman has an overall deal -- and the Chernin Co.

It marks the first sale in what is shaping up to be a busy first year for former News Corp. president and COO Peter Chernin's recently launched company, whose TV division is run by former NBC Universal TV exec Katherine Pope.

Bowman's project, which he wrote and is executive producing, is a multicamera comedy that centers on an oddball kid trying to be normal in an eccentric home.

Fox, which had made finding a new live-action hit comedy a priority, has been stocking up on multicamera projects.

In addition to the Bowman comedy, the network also recently handed a cast-contingent pilot order to "The Rednecks & Romeos," a multicamera ensemble coming-of-age comedy from "That '70s Show" co-creator/exec producer Mark Brazill.

The two shows are reminiscent of Fox's top live-action comedies of the past decade, "Malcolm in the Middle," which also centered on a kid with an eccentric family life, and " '70s Show," also about a group of working-class teenagers.

Chernin's new producing deal with News Corp. has several blind production commitments at the Fox network built into it. It is not clear whether the Bowman project would fall under any of them.

In addition to his stint on Greg Garcia's "Earl," where he ran the writers room, ICM-repped Bowman worked on "Yes, Dear" and "Family Guy."
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