Seth MacFarlane has become known for his animated comedies on Fox (Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show), but this past summer he dove into live-action filmmaking by directing, writing, producing and starring in Ted, a film so successful that Universal is planning a sequel.
Now MacFarlane is working on live-action TV comedy, as well. Fox has ordered a put-pilot (which means it will air no matter what) – with a series commitment penalty – that will reteam him with fellow Ted writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild.
The Hollywood Reporter says the new series is a single-camera comedy that will follow two successful thirty-somethings whose lives are thrown into upheaval when both of their fathers are forced to move in with them. That sounds like standard network comedy fare, but with MacFarlane involved, the humor should be above what we’ve come to expect from a generic sitcom.
This isn’t the only new series MacFarlane is involved with at Fox. The animation master is also producing a series reboot of Carl Sagan’s documentary series Cosmos along with a new animated take on The Flintstones. The latter project is currently on hold at Fox, so there’s no telling when it might surface.
Frankly, the idea of something original from MacFarlane is more enticing, especially following his work on Ted. The summer comedy took familiar elements of family fantasy comedies from decades past and added adult humor and (thankfully) only a few Family Guy-esque moments.
Hopefully, this will be the kind of comedy MacFarlane brings to live-action TV as well. Come to think of it, perhaps Ted could even work as a live-action series.
Stay tuned for more details on MacFarlane’s untitled new series as they become available.