Fox Buys Pair of Multicamera Comedies From Lionsgate, 3 Arts

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Mark Bennington

Fox is bolstering its multicamera offerings.

The network, home to revived hit Last Man Standing, has handed out script orders to multicamera comedies Uncle Joey and Significant Brother, both of which hail from Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts.

Uncle Joey is inspired by the comedy of Joey Diaz, who stars as a Cuban immigrant with a troubled past who is given a second chance at life when he moves his family to an upscale suburb. Intent on being the best family man possible, Joey works to raise his young daughter with old-school values in today’s rapidly changing world.

Sivert Glarum and Michael Jamin (King of the HillMaron) will pen the script and exec produce alongside Diaz and 3 Arts' Michael Rotenberg, Jonathan Berry and Josh Lieberman.

Meanwhile, Significant Brother is inspired by writers Scott King and Moe Jelline's real-life friendship and follows a newlywed couple as their marriage is tested, but ultimately strengthened, when the husband’s estranged gay brother moves in and becomes best friends with his wife.

King and Jelline will pen the script and exec produce alongside 3 Arts' Dave Becky and Berry, as well as Artists First's Peter Principato and Maggie Haskins.

Both multicamera comedies, which each received a script-plus-penalty commitment, stem from the May deal that saw Lionsgate acquire a majority stake in 3 Arts.

Sivert and Michael are represented by UTA, 3 Arts and Morris Yorn. Joey is represented by CAA and 3 Arts. King is represented by UTA, 3 Arts and Hansen-Jacobson. Jelline is represented by Artists First and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher.