11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox Orders Comedies 'Ghosted' and 'L.A. to Vegas'
Fox has picked up its first new comedies for the 2017-18 season, giving series orders to L.A. to Vegas and Ghosted.
Both projects, unsurprisingly, come from sister studio 20th Century Fox Television. The two half-hours follow Tuesday's order for Marvel drama The Gifted and a spate of renewals and cancelations as the network solidifies the lineup it will tout to advertisers next Monday.
L.A. to Vegas is an ensemble workplace comedy about a group of underdogs trying to find their place in the world, set in the very specific environment of a Friday night flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas — and the returning flight on Sunday. All characters share the same goal: to come back a winner in the casino of life.
Ed Weeks and Dylan McDermott star in the comedy that counts Gary Sanchez Productions' Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Hency as producers. Lon Zimmet (Happy Endings) penned the script. Steve Levitan (Modern Family) directed the single-camera pilot and will also serve as executive producer.
Ghosted has been a hot package from the start. The X-Files spoof boasts two marketable stars in Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Craig Robinson (The Office). The comedy centers on a cynical skeptic (Robinson) and a genius "true believer" in the paranormal (Scott) who are recruited by The Bureau Underground to look into the rampant "unexplained" activity in Los Angeles — all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.
Tom Gormican (That Awkward Moment) penned the script and exec produces alongside showrunner Kevin Etten, Robinson, Scott and his wife/Gettin' Rad producing partner Naomi Scott, 3 Arts' Oly Obst, Mark Schulman and Jonathan Krisel, with the latter having directed the single-camera comedy pilot.
Ghosted will join its inspiration, the real X-Files, on the Fox schedule. The network already ordered another 10 episodes of the vintage drama turned event series in April.
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