Sitcoms haven’t exactly been Fox’s strongest suit of late (i.e. since the cancelation of Arrested Development and That ‘70s Show), but freshman shows Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Dads look in good form to turn that around.
Plus, there are a number of fairly encouraging projects in the works, starting with a comedy tentatively called Torched and produced by Chris Miller, Phil Lord and Johnny Depp.
Depp needs no introduction… as an actor, but is actually pretty new to the producing business, starting this particular venture on a very high note back in 2011, with Martin Scorsese’s critical and commercial hit “Hugo”.
Sadly, the Oscar nominee’s follow-ups (“The Rum Diary”, “Dark Shadows”, “The Lone Ranger”) probably didn’t make him a single penny, harming his miracle-worker reputation in the process.
On the bright side, Depp has the Miller/Lord duo on his side, one that’s turned essentially everything it’s touched into solid gold, including “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and “21 Jump Streett” (where Depp had a short cameo).
Another intriguing pilot acquired by Fox is called Chasing Skips and comes from the wand of Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence, as well as Blake McCormick, a Cougar Town producer himself.
Unlike Torched, which is a conventional (read: likely tedious) half-hour single-camera family comedy, Chasing Skips is being teased as a 60-minutes action-comedy project. None of the two have cast members attached to their names just yet, but I’d expect to see at least one on air by next fall. Anyone want to bet on which?