Female-Focused Car-Repair Comedy From Elizabeth Banks Nabs Fox Pilot Order

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Fox is hitting the gas pedal on Patty's Auto.

The network on Tuesday handed out a pilot order for the multicamera comedy based on the Pennsylvania repair shop of the same name with all female mechanics.

Inspired by Patrice Banks' Girls Auto Clinic, Patty's Auto is described as an ensemble comedy that centers on Patty and the eclectic women who work for her.

Darlene Hunt (The Big C, ABC's Roseanne revival) will pen the script and executive produce alongside Elizabeth Banks and her Warner Bros. TV-based Brownstone Productions topper Max Handelman.

Patty's Auto is Fox's third live-action comedy pilot order for the 2019-20 broadcast season. (The network also has two straight-to-series animated comedies.) It's the first comedy and second overall pilot from WBTV to land at Fox. The network, which will be splintered from its studio once the Disney transaction closes, has committed to picking up half its comedies from studios outside of 20th TV. As with the drama Prodigal Son, Patty's Auto will be a co-production between Fox and WBTV.

Banks' Brownstone banner has been making a push in the scripted space. The company next has Hulu's Aidy Bryant vehicle Shrill due and has multiple other scripts in contention this pilot season.

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