Fox greenlights Ron Howard pilot

Workplace comedy is set at an IRS office

Ron Howard's IRS comedy is going to pilot.

Fox on Wednesday handed a pilot order to the untitled half-hour from 20th TV and Imagine TV.

Brent Forrester ("The Office") penned the project, a workplace comedy set at an Internal Revenue Service district office, which stems from an idea Howard had been toying with for years.

Forrester and Howard are executive producing with Brian Grazer and David Nevins.

The project landed at Fox in September with one of the biggest penalties this development season, estimated in the range of $650,000. At the time, the comedy was supposed to be multicamera, though the pilot will now be shot as single-camera.

It marks Howard's first passion series project since the Emmy-winning "Arrested Development."