Fox has picked up five guy-centric comedies, including the much-anticipated Andy Samberg-Andre Braugher detective vehicle "Brooklyn Nine Nine."
The series orders include Seth MacFarlane's live-action entry "Dads," which already had a six-episode commitment that has now been bumped up to 13 segs. The 20th Century Fox TV series revolves around two best friends, played by Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi, whose lives change when their fathers move in with them.
"Enlisted," also from 20th TV, centers on three brothers who live on an Army base. "Surviving Jack," (fka "I Suck at Girls") is a father-son buddy vehicle starring Christopher Meloni.
"Us and Them," from Sony Pictures TV and BBC Worldwide Prods., is the only detour from the male-focus. It's a wrong rom-com remake of the BBC2 series "Gavin and Stacey" starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel.
"Brooklyn" has been a high-profile project since it came together last year from "Parks and Recreation" scribes Michael Schur and Dan Goor. The pickup is significant for producer Universal TV, which has sought to broaden its horizons beyond producing for NBCU nets. Universal TV is also the home of Fox's "The Mindy Project," which has been renewed for a soph sesh.
The male focus is a departure from the past two seasons, when Fox's comedy development leaned toward the distaff side.
Here are the detailed descriptions:
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (pictured, above)
From Dan Goor and Michael Schur, the Emmy Award-winning writers/producers of âParks and Recreation,â and starring Emmy Award winners Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is a single-camera ensemble comedy about what happens when a detective who doesnât take anything seriously gets a new âby-the-bookâ boss who wants him to grow up and respect the badge.
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment. The series is created and written by Dan Goor (âLate Night with Conan OâBrien,â âParks and Recreationâ) and Michael Schur (âThe Office,â âParks and Recreationâ). The series is executive-produced by Goor, Schur and David Miner (â30 Rockâ). The pilot was directed by the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (â21 Jump Street,â âCloudy with a Chance of Meatballsâ).
DADS – The new live-action, multi-camera comedy from Emmy Award winner Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, the creatively outrageous team behind âTedâ and FOXâs FAMILY GUY, stars Emmy Award winner Seth Green and Emmy Award nominee Giovanni Ribisi as two successful guys â and childhood best friends â whose lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs (Martin Mull and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Peter Riegert) move in.
DADS is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Fuzzy Door Productions. The series is created and written by Emmy Award-nominated writer/producers Alec Sulkin (âTed,â FAMILY GUY) and Wellesley Wild (âTed,â FAMILY GUY), and executive-produced by Seth MacFarlane (âTed,â FAMILY GUY), Sulkin and Wild. Marc Cendrowski (âThe Big Bang Theoryâ) directed the pilot.