EXCLUSIVE: ABC traditionally hands out a couple of early pilot orders before the holidays. The first one this year has gone to How the F Am I Normal, Adam Goldberg’s single-camera comedy produced by Sony Pictures TV and Happy Madison, whose pilot will be directed by Seth Gordon. The project, inspired by Goldberg’s experience growing up in the ’80s with a highly screwed up but loving family, already had a production commitment at the network where it moved in September after being originally set up at Fox last season. It is a family comedy set in the ’80s that centers on an in-your-face mother and hot-tempered father who love their three eccentric kids so much, they can’t bear to see them grow up.
Goldberg and Gordan are executive producing with Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson; Bill Wee is co-executive producing. How The F— marks a reunion for the auspices behind the Fox comedy Breaking In, which was co-created by Goldberg and Gordon (he directed that pilot too), and produced by Sony TV and Happy Madison. The early pilot order assures the directing services of Gordon, who is producing a slew of projects this season.
The pitch for How The F—- galvanized the marketplace when it was originally taken out in summer 2011. All major networks, including ABC, went after it. In the end, Fox won it in a complex deal that included the resurrection of then recently-cancelled Breaking In with a midseason order. With Breaking In renewed, Goldberg focused on relaunching the show. The ’80s comedy project, which had received a script commitment with penalty, was put on hold.
With no movement on the new ’80s project following Breaking In‘s cancellation this May, Goldberg this past summer met with ABC brass, who were still very high on it and were willing to give it a production commitment if it were available. Goldberg then approached Fox about releasing the script, and the network agreed. Goldberg and Gordon are with WME.