CBS has found beauty in “Fugly,” reviving an old script by “My Name Is Earl” creator Greg Garcia with a pilot order.
The hybrid multi-/single-camera project, from 20th Century Fox TV, revolves around three homely siblings in North Carolina — identical twin sisters and a brother — who pool their inheritance to buy one of the sisters an extreme makeover. The three then move to Hollywood with dreams of profiting off her newfound good looks.
“What I love about the show is that it’s about a family that’s always been on the outside looking in, watching other people being successful,” Garcia said. “They ultimately decide that they need to be beautiful to achieve their dreams.”
Similarly to “Earl” — which was turned down by Fox as a pitch in fall 2003 and as a spec a few months later before NBC brought it back during the 2004-05 development season — Garcia wrote “Fugly” for Fox during the same 2004-05 season, but the script was not picked up to pilot by the network.
“I write a script, (Fox) passes on it, it sits on the shelf for two years, and then someone else shoots it,” Garcia quipped. “Hopefully, it’s the formula to success.”
“Fugly,” whose title refers to the schoolyard slang word that is short for “fucking ugly,” originally was developed as a starring vehicle for Pamela Anderson, who had a talent deal at Fox during the 2004-05 development cycle. She ended up attached to the Steve Levitan comedy “Stacked,” which ran for a couple of seasons.
“Fugly” landed at CBS because of Garcia’s relationship with the network, where he co-created and executive produced the long-running comedy “Yes, Dear.”
“I was looking for a way to get back in business with them, and I had written a script that I still believed in,” he said.
Garcia will executive produce the pilot, which is slated to be shot in March after “Earl” wraps production on its second season.
Garcia, who won an Emmy this year for writing the pilot for “Earl,” is repped by CAA.