EXCLUSIVE: The Cleveland Show co-creator/executive producer Rich Appel has signed a new multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, which will extend his relationship with the studio to two decades. Under the pact, Appel will take over the reins of 20th TV/Fox’s Family Guy as executive producer/showrunner. Current co-showrunners Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan are staying on as executive producers. Appel also will continue in his role as executive producer/showrunner on Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show, which is finishing up its order for the current season. Additionally, Appel has a live-action comedy project starring Mandy Moore, which is set up at ABC with penalty.
After getting to pilot stage at ABC last season with a comedy from 20th Century Fox TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein, Mandy Moore has reunited with the studio and Levy and Marty Adelstein’s studio-based company for a new comedy project. Titled Miss Most Likely, the project, written by Rich Appel, again has landed at ABC, where it has received substantial penalty in a competitive situation. It stars Moore as the first 28-year-old to run away from home to the big city so she can finally start the life she’s always wanted. Unfortunately for her, her family decides to run away with her. The Cleveland Show co-creator/executive producer Appel will executive produce with Moore, Adelstein, Levy and Becky Clements. ABC has been high on Moore, repped by WME and Ziffren, and kept her project last year in serious consideration for a series pickup in large part because of her appeal. In addition to Cleveland Show, WME-repped Appel also has worked on Family Guy and American Dad!, collaborating with Seth MacFarlane.
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