12:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox Adds Pair of Family Comedies From 'Friends,' 'Reba' Alums
Fox is adding a pair of family comedies to its pilot offerings.
The network has picked up single-camera entries The Enforcers and an untitled Chris Case interracial comedy to pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Enforcers hails from Friends alums Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer and is described as a female buddy comedy about two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being police officers who find themselves partnered as inspectors in the Code Enforcement Department. Instead of fighting crime, they have been relegated to handling petty code breaking, like noise complaints, tree trimming and water misuse.
From Warner Bros. Television, Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer will pen the script and exec produce the comedy alongside Modern Family Emmy winner Gail Mancuso, who will direct.
The untitled Case (Reba) interracial comedy, meanwhile, hails from 20th Century Fox Television and follows Jay "Havoc" Hammond, an African-American, ex-NFL lineman who recently moved in with his white wife and her two oddball sons, as he struggles to win the most challenging game of his life: fatherhood. Case will pen the script and exec produce alongside Chris Spencer, Evan Silverberg and Daniel Rappaport. Malcolm D. Lee will also exec produce and direct the pilot.
Friday's pickups grow Fox's comedy pilot offerings to six — including Son of Zorn, which was developed off-cycle and has already been picked up to series. Of the network's comedy pilots, five are produced in-house, with only The Enforcers (Warner Bros. Television) hailing from an outside studio. All told, the network now has 16 total pilots with only two — The Enforcers and drama Recon — hailing from an outside studio (both are WBTV).
For WBTV, meanwhile, The Enforcers becomes the independent studio's 12th overall sale this pilot season. The company has two at ABC, CBS and Fox as well as three at NBC and The CW.
Both orders come as family comedies have become the can't-miss story of pilot season as every broadcast network has multiple variations on the tried and true genre. Overall orders, meanwhile, now sit at 82 (down from 85 a year ago) as many insiders expected total volume to be down this season.
Keep up with all the latest pickups, castings and eventual series orders with THR's handy guide to pilot season.