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The “Arrested Development” reunion at Fox is inching closer to primetime reality.
No deals are finalized, but a single-camera project from Emmy-winning series’ creator/executive producer Mitch Hurwitz, co-star Will Arnett and co-executive producer Jim Vallely is expected to receive a pilot order from the network pending a switcheroo on the studio side.
Sony TV, which originally developed the show with studio-based Tantamount and Principato/Young, pulled out, with Lionsgate TV stepping in to back the high-priced comedy.
The untitled half-hour, originally picked up by Fox in August with a script commitment, was written by Hurwitz, Arnett and Vallely. It stars Arnett as a rich Beverly Hills jackass who falls in love with a charitable tree-hugging woman who can’t stand his lifestyle or values.
The project stems from the development pact that Arnett inked with Fox in October.
Hurwitz is executive producing with his producing partners at Tantamount, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum; Vallely; and Peter Principato and Paul Young. Arnett also serves as a producer.
Lionsgate TV has been a mainly cable player with such series as “Mad Men” and “Weeds” but has a relationship at Fox.
The two pilots they most recently did on the broadcast side were both at Fox: “Me & Lee?” and “Sincerely, Ted Nancy.”
Arnett recently lent his voice to “Sit Down, Shut Up,” Hurwitz’s animated comedy for Fox and Sony TV on which Vallely served as a co-exec producer.
Hurwitz and Vallely won two 2005 Emmys for penning the “Righteous Brothers” episode of “Arrested Development.” Last season, the two wrote the CBS/Sony pilot “Happiness Isn’t Everything,” which starred Jason Biggs.
Arnett earned Emmy noms for his role as part-time magician Gob Bluth on “Arrested Development” and for his recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock.” He will next be seen in “Jonah Hex.”
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