11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jack Black, Dwight Yoakam Set Country Music Family Comedy at Fox
Fox is going country.
The network is teaming with Jack Black and Dwight Yoakam to produce a family comedy set in the world of country music, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Created by Alex McAulay (Eastbound and Down), single-camera half-hour comedy Belles and Whistles — which has received a script commitment — centers on an unfulfilled father who, after being fired from his comfortable tech job in Silicon Valley, decides to move his dysfunctional family to Nashville in order to pursue his lifelong dream of music stardom.
McAulay will pen the script and co-executive produce the comedy, which hails from 20th Century Fox Television and Black's Electric Dynamite banner. Country music star/actor Yoakam will executive produce alongside Black and Electric Dynamite head Spencer Berman.
McAulay's credits include the Blacklist script Flower, set up at Rough House. He's repped by WME and Writ Large.
Black next has Sony's Goosebumps, Kung Fu Panda and season two of HBO comedy The Brink. He and Electric Dynamite are repped by WME and attorney Warren Dern.
New takes on family comedies have been in high demand with the broadcast networks this development season. Musical fare and soaps have also been a priority for Fox as the network looks to build on the success of hip-hop drama Empire. Belles and Whistles, should it go to series, would potentially offer a new look at country music other than ABC's family soap Nashville, which is currently in its third season.
Yoakam, for his part, has been continuing to push into television on-screen. He had an arc on CBS' Under the Dome and recurred on FX's Wilfred. This would be his first TV producing gig. He's repped by WME, ROAR and Jackoway Tyerman.