Fox Says 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' this Fall

Well, that certainly is a title to make you stand up and take notice. Even though it sounds like a controversy-courting reality program, it's actually an example of Fox trying to keep familiar sitcoms alive.

The network seems to still be interested in television's comedic genre, despite canceling shows like Running Wilde and The Good Guys, Fox has ordered a pilot of the new half-hour comedy, I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter is built upon the straightforward story of two life-long friends who realize their children have turned out to be the same type of unlikable wretches that made high school insufferable. Is this a case of uncool parents being jealous of their children’s higher social station, or have they simply come to realize every parent’s worst fear: they’ve failed as a parent and produced a horrible child? Whatever the answer, the real question is: Can it be funny? By green-lighting the project, Fox certainly thinks so.

The show will be produced and written by the executive producers of the CBS sitcom, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. Kreamer, in addition to her producing duties, also wrote eight episodes of New Christine. Bilsing-Graham, meanwhile, worked on NBC’s Friends and its subsequent spin-off Joey.

While many of the details surrounding the show are scant, it is known that sitcom vet Andy Ackerman will direct several episodes. Television viewers should know Ackerman as the director of the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. He’s also directed episodes of Wings, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Two and a Half Men. Ackerman has recently handled several episodes of NBC’s upcoming comedy Perfect Couples.

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Other pilots chosen for Fox’s 2011-2012 slate consist of several dramas, but only a select few comedies. I Hate My Teenage Daughter will be premiering with the similarly themed Tiny Monsters, an animated comedy about the nasty girls of junior high. The Council of Dads, a comedy about a man with cancer who attempts to convince his friends to raise his daughters in case he dies, rounds out the channel’s proposed multi-camera comedy offerings.

Other notable offering from Fox’s lineup is the J.J. Abrams prison drama Alcatraz, and Full Nelson, about a woman struggling for success in the 1980s music industry.

Source: Deadline, Entertainment Weekly

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