Fox Buys Male Laverne & Shirley Comedy From Andrea Abbate & 20th TV As Put Pilot

Fox has been very aggressive on the comedy side this season, taking another high-profile half-hour project from sibling 20th Century Fox TV off the market pre-emptively with a major commitment. The network has handed a put pilot commitment to a comedy from writer Andrea Abbate, 20th TV and studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein. Tentatively titled Paroled, the project is described as a male Laverne and Shirley on parole. WME-repped Abbate executive produces with 21 Laps/Adelstein’s Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy and Becky Clements. This is a re-teaming for Abbate, 20th TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein who last year sold a family comedy to ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project went to pilot toplined by Kelly Preston.

This is the third comedy project from 20th TV that Fox has bought pre-emptively in a big deal this summer, following pilot production commitments for Nahnatchka Khan, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s Fatrick and Cindy Chupack/Jake Kasdan’s The Longest Date. The network also has made the only series commitment to a half-hour project so far this season, snatching a college comedy from Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Universal TV, and also has given put pilot commitments to comedies Stuck, produced by Rashida Jones & Will McCormack through Warner Bros., and The Henchman, from Dan Kopelman and John Hamburg, which was bought on spec.

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Comments (16)

  • I’d rather see a female Lenny and Squiggy on parole.

    Comment by anonymouse — Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 10:15am PDT  
  • Andrea is a joy to work with, has an original and creative voice, and is one the nicest people in town.

    Comment by MDinSC — Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 10:19am PDT  
  • GREAT! Because what we definitely need is more male-driven comedies on TV. Good thing they re-purposed a uniquely female dynamic so men can get some more screen time.

    Comment by Sarcastic — Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 10:32am PDT  
    • You do realize a woman is writing this, right?

      Comment by Zachary — Thursday August 29, 2013 @ 1:54pm PDT  
  • Male Laverne & Shirley? Why not just call it Martin & Lewis for milenials, or 21st century Abbot & Costello or Lenny & Squiggy for that matter. But male Laverne & Shirley? GMAB.

    Comment by Rajiv Pandit — Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 11:06am PDT  
  • Also known as “Perfect Strangers.”
    Oh, yeah. On parole.

    Comment by Balk E. — Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 11:28am PDT  
  • Lenny and Squiggy were the male versions of Laverne and Shirley.

    Shlemiel, Shlamazzle, Hassenfass Incorporated!

    We’re gonna do it our way, Yes our way!

    Makin’ our dreams come true, me and you!

    Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 11:33am PDT  
  • I never realized Laverne and Shirley were on probation, but I guess it makes sense. Were they hookers? Also, maybe there could be a guy (The Big Ragoo, perhaps) who has something on them and forces them back into their life of crime for one last score. And then they’re out, for good this time.

    Comment by Carmine — Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 12:01pm PDT  
  • Fox has such a hard-on for female writers.

    Comment by J — Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 12:04pm PDT  
  • Fox doesn’t have a hard on for female characters.

    Comment by Kento — Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 1:52pm PDT  
  • Andrea’s show last season, KEEP CALM, was the best written pilot of the year. She’s hilarious with an incredible voice! Her talent is undeniable. I have no doubt this show is going to rock!!!

    Comment by The Boom — Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 4:10pm PDT  
    • Keep Calm was honestly not very good. I like that she seemed to be trying to channel Arrested Development, but it just wasn’t funny. There was no real place to move forward. It was like HTLWYPFTROYL last year. In that case, Polly moves in with her parents. Chaos ensues. End of story. In Keep Calm, Karey’s brothers kids move in with her. Chaos ensues. End of story. ABC did not pick up King John, which was a good family comedy, but whatever.

      Comment by Zachary — Friday August 23, 2013 @ 9:24am PDT  
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