Fox sees family fun in Hayek's 'McToms'


Fox, which has been looking to bring back the family comedy genre with a twist, is developing "The New McToms," a hybrid multi- and single-camera half-hour executive produced by Salma Hayek.

Fox has a track record of success with that sort of show, having scored with the multicamera "Married … With Children" and the single-camera "Malcolm in the Middle."

Written by Boyce Bugliari and Jamie McLaughlin, "McToms" centers on a conservative matriarch who must face the reality of her three children marrying ethnically diverse spouses.

ABC Studios, where Hayek's Ventanarosa has an overall deal, is producing the project. Bugliari, McLaughlin, Hayek and her producing partner Pepe Tamez are executive producing the project, which has received a script commitment from the network.

"McToms" carries the trademark ethnic flavor seen in most projects on Hayek's TV slate, including the ABC dramedy "Ugly Betty," which she executive produces.

On the reality side, Hayek is developing a wedding-themed reality series with Merv Griffin Entertainment.

"McToms" marks a family comedy reunion for Fox, Bugliari and McLaughlin, who also worked on the network's short-lived series "Quintuplets." The writers also created CW's 2006 comedy pilot "Dash 4 Cash."

"McToms" is packaged by CAA, which represents all parties involved. (partialdiff)