Fox Buys Comedy ‘Front Man’ From Emily Kapnek & Elizabeth Banks

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FoxFox has handed out pilot production commitment to Front Man, a single-camera comedy from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek, Elizabeth Banks and Warner Bros. Television.

The single-camera project follows Paul, an overindulged only child born to two doting helicopter parents. As he approaches 30, Paul is forced to acknowledge that his dream of becoming a famous singer-songwriter isn’t happening. Wrenched from the comfort of his family home, Paul must now learn to stand on his own. He takes the gig of front man for a local wedding band and learns more than wedding reception staples in the process.

Emily Kapnek, who most recently created and executive produced the short-lived ABC sitcom Selfie, is penning the script and will executive produce for the project, which is set up at Warner Bros. Television and Kapnek’s studio based Piece of Pie Productions. Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will EP through Brownstone Productions, which is also based at Warner Bros. Television.

Fox has been particularly busy this development cycle, snapping up a range of high profile projects across both drama and comedy, including a reboot of Urban Cowboy; workplace comedy Sugarland from Matt Fusfeld, Alex Cuthbertson and Aaron Kaplan; a reboot of Behind Enemy Lines; and Mila Kunis comedy Champion: The Jeff Beekman Story. The network is also re-developing martial arts drama Warrior, which was piloted at NBC last season but missed the cut for a series order.