Fatrick was one of the first big sales this season, landing a pilot production commitment at Fox in early August. Now the comedy, written by Don’t Trust The B—- At Apt. 23 creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan and co-exec producer Corey Nickerson and to be directed by Oscar-winning scribes Nat Faxon & Jim Rash (The Descendants), has received an early pilot order. Produced by 20th TV, where Khan is under an overall deal, and executive produced by Jeff Morton (Modern Family), Fatrick centers on Patrick, a 30-something moving man and formerly fat kid, who, realizing that his life isn’t quite where it should be, is forced to face the damage caused by years of being Fatrick: a chubby little kid just trying to survive. The project, which will be shifting between the present and Patrick’s school years, will mark Faxon and Rash’s TV directorial debut. Fatrick is one of two high-profile single-camera comedy projects with pilot production commitments this season that focus on a formerly fat protagonist. NBC’s female-centered Former Fat Girl, from Jason Katims’ True Jack Prods., is written by J.J. Philbin loosely inspired by a book. NBC had the similarly themed comedy pilot Brenda Forever last year. Khan also has immigrant comedy project Fresh Off The Boat, which she is writing as well as executive producing with Jake Kasdan, at ABC with a put pilot commitment.
EXCLUSIVE: Don’t Trust The B—- creator Nahnatchka Khan is back at ABC with a new single-camera comedy. The network has handed a put pilot commitment to Fresh Off The Boat, which Khan is writing/executive producing. Jake Kasdan also is exec producing the project, which hails from 20th Century Fox TV, where both Khan and Kasdan are based. Based on Eddie Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off The Boat is set in the ’90s and revolves around a Chinese family that moves to Orlando. (Huang’s real-life family is Taiwanese.) This is a setup Khan can relate to as she too is a first-generation American whose parents were “fresh off the boat.” Kasdan’s producing partner Melvin Mar also exec produces the project, while restaurateur/TV personality Huang serves as producer.
EXCLUSIVE: In a hot comedy pairing, Don’t Trust The B—- At Apt. 23 creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan has teamed with Oscar-winning writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) for a half-hour comedy aimed at the 2014-15 season. The project, Fatrick, was taken out today and, not surprisingly, sold at the first place it was pitched to, Fox, which gave it a pilot production commitment. 20th Century Fox TV, where Khan is under an overall deal, produces Fatrick, which centers on thirtysomething Patrick. On the surface, it looks like he has it all — handsome, cool, dating all the hottest girls… But we soon realize that he’s not as far along in his life as he should be because he’s being held back by the insecurities of growing up as Fatrick, a 10-year-old chubster just trying to survive. Khan co-created and will write the pilot with Don’t Trust The B—- co-executive producer Corey Nickerson, with Faxon and Rash set to direct. The four will executive produce with Kevin Walsh.
20th TV is off to a fast start this pitch season with two pilot production commitments, for Fatrick and Cindy Chupack/Jake Kasdan’s The Longest Date, and a put pilot for Michael Green’s League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, all at Fox, and sizable penalties for drama Travelers and comedy Cristela at ABC.
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At today’s TCA panel on Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23, creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan said the show is different from other new “roommate” comedies like CBS’ 2 Broke Girls because one of the roommates is a total bitch. The bitch (Krysten Ritter’s Chloe) is the B— of the title. It’s a word ABC entertainment president Paul Lee said earlier in the day could not be included in the title of a network show, even though it might work for cable. The new series — from American Dad executive producer Khan with David Hemingson and Jeff Morton — is about a sweet girl from the heartland (Dreama Walker’s June) forced by circumstances to bunk in with a wild roommate who doesn’t mind having sex on top of a birthday cake.
In what would be his first major comedy series gig, Dawson’s Creek alum James Van Der Beek is set to co-star in the ABC/20th TV comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23. The Nahnatchka Khan/Dave Hemingson project, to be directed by Modern Family‘s Jason Winer, centers on June (Dreama Walker), an earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who is forced to move in with Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate. Van Der Beek will play Chloe’s best friend James Van Der Beek, a heightened version of himself in the vein of Neil Patrick Harris’ stint in the Harold & Kumar movies and Matt LaBlanc’s starring role on the Showtime comedy Episodes. The role, originally named after and eyed for former ‘N Sync singer Lance Bass, is being completely rewritten for Van Der Beek.
Van Der Beek has always been sought after during pilot season for drama projects. But, following his viral videos for FunnyOrDie.com, for the first time this season, he fielded all comedy offers. On TV, Van Der Beek, repped by Paradigm and Brillstein Entertainment, most recently co-stared on the NBC medical drama Mercy. He also did a memorable guest spot on the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother as Robin’s ex. Here is one of the Van Der Beek’s FunnyOrDie videos, in which he pokes fun at his character on Dawson’s.
EXCLUSIVE: Krysten Ritter, who has been among the most sought-after actresses this pilot season with multiple offers, will play the lead in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23 (working title), which is directed …
EXCLUSIVE: American Dad executive producer Nahnatchka Khan is emerging as the comedy star of this buying season with a second half-hour project that sparked heated bidding. A month after Fox won the bidding war for her single-camera family comedy Connected, ABC just landed Khan’s relationship comedy Dealbreaker in a similarly competitive situation. Both projects are produced by 20th TV where Khan is under an overall deal. Khan will co-write Dealbreaker, which landed a premium script commitment with penalty from ABC, with American Dad writer Laura McCreary. It is based on the blog by comics Dave Horwitz and Marisa Pinson and their recent book of the same name. The blog and the book are described as a “hilarious reference guide to the qualities that, when discovered, transform the ‘date you hope to go home with’ into the ‘date you pray never calls again’” and as a catalogue of characteristics that serve as early warning signs of possible relationship discontent. Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures, which had optioned the rights to the book, will serve as executive producers on the TV project.