Fox Hands Pilot Orders To John Stamos Comedy, Drama From ‘Shameless’ EP John Wells

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Fox is adding another comedy and a drama to their pilot slate.

The network has handed out pilot orders to an as-yet untitled single camera comedy starring The New Normal and Necessary Roughness alum John Stamos; and Studio City, an hour-long drama from Shameless executive producer John Wells and Grey’s Anatomy scribe Krista Vernoff.

From The Office scribe Danny Chun, the untitled comedy sees Stamos playing a version of himself: a longtime bachelor whose life is upended after he learns he’s a father and grandfather. Danny Chun will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios comedy, alongside The Neighbors and Galavant creator Dan Fogelman.

Studio City is described as being in a similar vein to Shameless and revolves around tells the story of a young singer’s path to stardom as she comes of age living with her songwriter father — who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars. The project is set up at Warner Bros. Television and is inspired by Krista Vernoff’s real life. Andrew Stearn, Krista Vernoff and John Wells will executive produce.

The two pilot orders follow through on a pledge that Dana Walden and Gary Newman made shortly after they took the reins at FBC; namely that they would still welcome pitches from outside studios, such as ABC Studios and Warner Bros. Television, and not give preferential treatment to 20th Century Fox Television.

Fox’s development slate for the 2015-2016 season now consists of some seven pilots. The John Stamos fronted comedy and Studio City join comedy pilot 48 Hours ‘Til Monday, and dramas Luther, Minority Report, Rosewood and Frankenstein. The network has also picked up one new series for next season: Ryan Murphy’s 15 episode comedy-horror series Scream Queens.

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