Foreign flavor appeals to Fox


The pilot-pickup season of foreign formats continued Thursday when Fox greenlighted two single-camera comedy pilots based on British series, "Outnumbered" and "Spaced."

"Outnumbered," written and executive produced by Larry Levin ("Doctor Dolittle"), revolves around parents struggling to raise three intelligent and curious children. It's being produced by Media Rights Capital and U.K-based Hat Trick Prods, the company behind the original BBC series.

"Spaced" hails from Warner Bros. TV, McG's WBTV-based Wonderland Sound and Vision and Granada America, which owns the format of the Channel 4 series. It revolves around two strangers who pose as a married couple in order to rent an apartment and become intimately involved with the other misfits in the building.

The project, written by "Will & Grace" alum Adam Barr, originally was picked up by Fox in October with a put pilot commitment.

Barr is executive producing with Wonderland's McG and Peter Johnson and Granada's Robert Green.

Fox's pickup of "Outnumbered" and "Spaced" comes a day after CBS' order of two drama pilots based on international formats: the British "Ny-Lon" and the Israeli "Mythological X."

There are four other pilots based on foreign formats at the broadcast networks so far, and two Canadian series made their way to CBS and NBC.