In anticipation of a series order, one of ABC‘s hottest pilots, the Adam F. Goldberg comedy, started making offers to writers last night, an indication of an imminent pickup. The project, from Sony Pictures Television and Happy Madison, has been building momentum since it moved from Fox, which it was originally set up last season, to ABC this past summer. The 1980s family comedy, inspired by Goldberg’s experience growing up, 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. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, George Segal, Darien Provost and Troy Gentil star in the pilot, directed by Seth Gordon. After passing on several pilots yesterday, ABC is expected to begin handing out series orders today.
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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. Read More »
Adam F. Goldberg‘s 1980s family comedy has found a new home. ABC has given the project, from Sony TV and Happy Madison, a production commitment. Titled How The F— Am I Normal, the project is described as a dysfunctional Wonder Years set in simpler times and is an autobiographical show about growing up in the ’80s with a highly screwed up but loving family. Goldberg is writing the script, with Seth Gordon set to direct the pilot. The two are executive producing with Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson. How The F— reunites 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 pitch for the project galvanized the marketplace when it was originally taken out in August 2011. All major networks, including ABC, went after it. In the end, Fox won it in a complex deal that included the resurrection of the 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 project following Breaking In‘s cancellation this May, Goldberg earlier this summer met with ABC, which was still very high on it and was willing to give it a production commitment if it were available. Goldberg then approached Fox about releasing the script, and the network agreed. A Fox spokesperson said the network brass loved Goldberg’s pitch but felt that, with strong comedy development this year and the network’s other priorities for the season, they couldn’t ensure production during the timeframe Goldberg had hoped for. After weeks of working out legal issues, the project was just reverted back to Sony TV, freeing Goldberg to make a deal at ABC. Read More »
Fox To Bring Back ‘Breaking In’ With 13-Episode Order, Buy New Adam Goldberg Comedy
Fox made it official today with a release announcing a 13-episode, second-season pickup of comedy Breaking In. It is tied to the network also buying a new 1980s autobiographical comedy project from series co-creator Adam F. Goldberg, which triggered a bidding war among the Big 4 broadcast networks.
FOX has renewed the comedy series BREAKING IN for a 13-episode second season to return to the network’s schedule in 2012, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
“BREAKING IN is a creatively vibrant and wildly adventurous comedy,” said Reilly. “We are looking forward to bringing it back for a second season and continuing our relationship with this incredibly talented cast and these fantastic creators – Adam Goldberg and Seth Gordon. We can’t wait to see where they take these characters next year.”
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It’s Official: Fox Renews ‘Breaking In’
It looks like comedy Breaking In has done the impossible, beating cancellation for a second time. I hear Fox is about to give the single-camera comedy starring Christian Slater and Bret Harrison a 13-epiosde midseason order in a complex deal with series producer Sony Pictures TV, which is still being finalized. It also includes a script commitment with penalty to a comedy pitch by Breaking In co-creator Adam F. Goldberg. The untitled 1980s family comedy, which like Breaking In is co-produced by Sony TV and Happy Madison, hit the market last week and had been pursued by all Big 4 networks.
When all is said and done, this would mark a second improbable return from the dead for Breaking In. The entire cast is expected to come back, including Odette Annable, who recently joined House as a new regular with a deal that includes provisions allowing her to also appear on Breaking In. Created by Goldberg and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon, Breaking In was ordered to pilot during the 2009-10 season. Despite raking as Fox’s highest testing pilot back then, the network passed on the workplace comedy set at a digital security firm. Sony kept the project alive by extending the options on the cast. Fox then ordered 2 additional scripts, and in November, the network gave Breaking In a seven-episode midseason order and a post-American Idol time slot. But in May the network canceled the show before it had finished its freshman run. Sony once again fought on. And, in a promising sign that the network had faith in the show and was open to reconsidering its decision, it joined Sony TV is shouldering the cost for extending the cast’s options and then put Breaking In on the list of contenders for its 2-hour midseason comedy block. “We all liked Breaking In but…we had to make a judgment call,” Fox’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly said at TCA last month. “It still has a shot. You know what? Stranger things have happened.” By surviving cancellation twice, Breaking In would join Family Guy as the only shows ever to do it.
As for Goldberg’s new project, it is described as an autobiographical show about growing up in the 1980s with a highly screwed up but loving family. Given the Breaking In renewal, the time frame for the show’s development is still in flux as Goldberg, who is under an overall deal at Sony TV, is expected to concentrate his immediate attention on restarting Breaking In. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Comedies continue to be white-hot this pitch season. The latest to spark major bidding wars are an 1980s half-hour from Breaking In co-creator Adam F. Goldberg and a mocumentary-style comedy from Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, co-writers of DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind. Both projects hail from Sony TV, which has been very aggressive at the onset of this development season, as well as two of the studio’s highest-profile pods: Happy Madison (the Goldberg project) and Will Gluck’s company (the Schoolcraft/Simons project), which in May signed a two-year development and production deal with Sony for film and TV. Both comedies have received interest from all four major broadcast networks and will likely command series/production commitments. For the Gluck-produced comedy, I hear the field has been narrowed to ABC and NBC, while for the Goldberg project it is still wide open.
The Adam Goldberg project is described as an autobiographical show about growing up in the 1980s with a highly screwed up but loving family. It reunites the auspices of Fox’s cult favorite Breaking In, which also was co-produced by Happy Madison and Sony TV. Film and TV writer Goldberg, who has an overall deal at Sony TV, co-created with Seth Gordon Breaking In, which was canceled in May after a brief midseason run but remains in contention for a midseason berth on the network, something that may help Fox snatch Goldberg’s new project. The Gluck-produced The Yard presents the life lessons of elementary school as seen through the lens of an Office-like documentary. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: A year ago, film and TV writer Adam F. Goldberg landed his first broadcast pilot order with the Fox comedy Breaking In. It didn’t make the cut in May but, in a rare case of a pilot coming back from the dead, it received a seven-episode midseason order by the network six months later. To top it off, the single-camera comedy starring Christian Slater landed a killer time slot, following American Idol‘s performance show on Wednesday. Now, Goldberg is wrapping a breakthrough year in TV with his first overall deal, a two-year pact at Sony Pictures TV, which produces Breaking In with studio-based Happy Madison.
Goldberg started off in TV as writer of Syfy’s 2001 comedy pilot Area 52 and as writer-producer on CBS’ multicamera sitcom Still Standing. He segued into movies, writing Fanboys and also working on the DreamWorks animated comedies Monsters vs. Aliens and How to Train Your Dragon. But he kept his toe in the TV waters through Happy Madison where he wrote four consecutive comedy pilot scripts for the past 4 years. The fourth, Breaking In, went to pilot, which he co-created with director Seth Gordon. After encouraging early buzz – Breaking In was reportedly Fox’s highest-testing pilot last season – the network passed on the project, a workplace comedy set at a digital security firm, in favor of Greg Gracia’s Raising Hope, Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett’s Running Wilde and Traffic Light. Goldberg says … Read More »
Walden Media has picked up rights to Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper, and has hired Adam F. Goldberg to write the script. Goldberg’s best known for Fanboys and Aliens in the Attic. The young adult series by Michael Reisman is about an 11-year old who discovers a hidden magical forest in his New Jersey town. He and a pal happen upon a clearing where the Order of Physics has just met and where Simon is hit in the head by a book. It’s filled with scientific formulas the kids learn to wield like magic spells. Joined by a young girl fascinated by their ability to control gravity and friction, the trio battles a mysterious woman tattooed over with scientific formulas, whose goal is to take over the world. Goldberg’s repped by WME and Circle of Confusion.
Fox has ordered two additional scripts for comedy Breaking In a month after the network passed on the comedy pilot starring Christian Slater. The pilot, set at a digital-security firm, was written by Adam F. Goldberg and directed by Seth Gordon. It had buzz, tested well and was in the running for a series pickup before ultimately missing the cut. Now, with the additional script order, producing studio Sony Pictures TV is also expected to extend the options on the cast that also includes Reaper star Bret Harrison. This would prevent Harrison from being considered for the role on new NBC comedy series Perfect Couples, which is recasting a male lead.