J.J. Abrams lands comedy at Fox

Mike Markowitz to pen half-hour medical series

J.J. Abrams is taking a comedic turn at Fox with a half-hour project written by Mike Markowitz.

Abrams, co-creator/executive producer of Fox's sophomore sci-fi drama "Fringe," is exec producing the untitled comedy, which has been given a presentation order.

Details on the premise are being kept under wraps beyond a bare-bones logline of "a comedic medical show."

Markowitz and Bryan Burk also exec produce the presentation from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams' studio-based Bad Robot Prods.

The medical drama field is crowded with stalwarts "Grey's Anatomy" and "House" as well as "Private Practice" and newcomers "Trauma," "Miami Trauma," "Mercy," "Three Rivers" and "Hawthorne." But there is room for medical comedies, with ABC's veteran "Scrubs" and Showtime's freshman dramedy "Nurse Jackie" the only players.

Markowitz, who has worked on such comedy series as "Becker" and "It's All Relative," is repped by CAA.
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