Fox Prepping Live-Action Comedy From Seth MacFarlane, 'Ted' Writers

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"I wouldn't try to climb Mount Everest. I wouldn't want to die. But in entertainment, there's an appeal to things that are a little bit intimidating. Generally, I feel like those are the things that pay off in the end," says MacFarlane (photographed Sept. 8 on the Fox lot in Century City).

Fox is expanding its relationship with Seth MacFarlane.

The network has given a put-pilot with series penalty commitment to a live-action comedy from MacFarlane and the writers behind summer box office hit Ted, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

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The untitled live-action effort will be written and executive produced by Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild with MacFarlane -- who wrote, directed and starred in the Mark Wahlberg feature -- on board as an executive producer.

From 20th Television, the untitled single-camera comedy revolves around two successful guys in their 30s and the insanity that ensues after their crazy fathers unexpectedly move in with them. 

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Sulkin and Wild have a long history with MacFarlane, having written and voiced characters on Family Guy and The Cleveland Show between them. Should the project go to series -- Fox would have to pay a hefty premium if it didn't -- the comedy would mark the Family Guy, Cleveland Show and American Dad creator's first live-action small-screen entry since 2007's The Winner

For MacFarlane, the project comes as his animated take on The Flinstones remains on hold at the network. The prolific writer, director, actor and musician also has a reboot of Carl Sagan's Cosmo set up at the network. The small-screen comedy effort comes as MacFarlane, who recently hosted Saturday Night Live's season premiere, said he's "thinking about" a sequel to Ted, which grossed more than $400 million at the worldwide box office.

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