Fox has placed a six-episode order for a comedy from "Ted" team Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and given a pilot order to a project from "S#*! My Dad Says" co-creator Justin Halpern and three other comedy projects, the network said Tuesday.
The half-hour, multi-camera "Dads," which is written and executive-produced by Sulkin and Wild and executive-produced by MacFarlane, follows two successful guys in their '30s have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them. 20th Century Fox Television is producing "Dads." Halpern, meanwhile, is teaming with Patrick Schumacker on an untitled pilot based on Halpern's book "I Suck at Girls." Written and executive-produced by Halpern and Schumacker, the half-hour, single-camera comedy is a "story about a boy becoming a man, and a man becoming a father, in a time before coming of age was something you could Google," according to a description of the project, which is being produced by Doozer, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Bill Lawrence ("Scrubs") and Jeff Ingold ("Like Father") are also executive-producing.
"Friends & Family," meanwhile, is based on the BBC hit "Gavin & Stacey," and will explore a scenario where friends and family "are the best support and the worst nightmare when two very different lovers meet and try to make a long distance relationship work." Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner are executive-producing for BBC Worldwide Productions, with James Corden, Ruth Jones and Henry Normal executive-producing for Baby Cow Productions. The half-hour, single-camera project hails from Sony Pictures Television.
Another comedy pilot, "House Rules," will focus on an introverted Wisconsin family living among a community of over-sharers. Justin Hurwitz ("The League") and Andrew Gurland ("The Last Exorcism") are writing and executive-producing the Principato -- Young/20th Century Fox Television project, with David Dobkin, Paul Young and Peter Principato also executive-producing.
Finally, "To My Assistant," based on the blog and upcoming book of the same name by Lydia Whitlock, will center on assistants at a big New York law firm band together as a family to help each other cope with the obnoxious overbearing bosses who challenge their sanity on a daily basis. Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer are writing and executive-producing the project, which comes from Lin Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television.