EXCLUSIVE: Fox‘s animated brand is built on family comedies with stalwarts The Simpsons and Family Guy. Now the network is eyeing a new addition in Dark Lord Of Delaware, an animated comedy from Alan Schoolcraft & Brent Simon, writers of DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind, and former Fox head of comedy-turned-producer Marcus Wiley. The project, now in development, centers on Zarbus, a man who must deal with the conflicting emotions of being a stay at home dad after losing his job. The situation is made all the more challenging by the fact his previous position was that of a Voldemort-like evil sorcerer who once ruled over a magical kingdom. Now banished to our world, he must navigate the social minefield of suburbia while keeping his omnipotent powers in check.
EXCLUSIVE: Friends and How I Met Your Mother alum Greg Malins has teamed with former Fox co-head of comedy Marcus Wiley for Odd Couple Families, a half-hour project that has sold to Fox with penalty. The comedy — produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Malins is under an overall deal — landed at Fox as part of Wiley’s first-look development deal at the network where he was an executive for more than five years until departing in July to segue to producing. Written and exec produced by Malins, Odd Couple Families explores the reality of people spending the most time with the parents of their kids’ friends whether they like it or not. It revolves around two couples and two divorced parents who are forced together, inextricably linked by the connection created by their kids. This marks the most significant sale thus far for Wiley’s new production company, which has set up several broadcast comedy and drama projects. It represents Malins’ third sale this season, joining comedies The Worst Best Thing at Fox and Half at NBC. He is is repped by WME and Hansen, Jacobson. While at Fox, Wiley was instrumental in the development of New Girl, The Mindy Project, Raising Hope, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Bob’s Burgers.