Fox in business with 'Rednecks'

Orders cast-contingent pilot from 'That '70s show' creator

Fox is looking to recapture the creative and ratings magic of the longrunning "That '70s show" with a coming-of-age ensemble multicamera comedy from " '70s Show" co-creator/exec producer Mark Brazill and executive producer Tom Werner.

The network has given a cast-contingent pilot order to the project, "The Rednecks & Romeos," produced by Warner Bros. TV and Werner's Good Humor TV banner.

Penned by Brazill as a spec, the comedy revolves around a group of working-class teenage friends growing up in a suburb outside Buffalo, NY.

Reflecting some of today's harsh economic realities, the show centers on the Shea family, who are trying to make their way after the father has gone bankrupt and has lost his car dealership and the family home.

"Rednecks & Romeos" is semi-autobiographical, drawing inspiration from Brazill's own experiences and is described as an honest portrayal of teenage and family life.

Brazill and Werner are executive producing the pilot with Mike Clements.

"That '70s Show," which Brazil co-created with Bonnie and Terry Turner, aired from 1998-2006 and was Fox's most recent multi-camera comedy hit.

It also put on the map several hot young actors: Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Wilmer Valderrama.

Launching live-action comedy series has been a priority for Fox, which has only two non-animated half-hours on the fall schedule, both multi-camera: veteran "'Til Death" and newcomer "Brothers."