"Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane is venturing into live-action comedy series.
McFarlane has teamed with writer-producer Ricky Blitt, a "Family Guy" alum, to resurrect Blitt's 2002 comedy pilot "Becoming Glen."
The reworked project has become a hot item, with CBS, NBC and Fox vying for it. The show, from 20th Century Fox Television, is expected to fetch a pilot order with a series penalty.
Blitt said he has been "warmed by the three networks' reception of the project."
"They all called me and are all very passionate about it," he said. "I get very few calls, so they gave me an instant social life."
"Becoming Glen" was ordered as a single-camera pilot for Fox starring Johnny Galecki during the 2001-02 development season. It didn't make the cut but gained an instant cult status and attracted the attention of McFarlane, who subsequently came on board to executive produce with Blitt a new, multicamera version of the show.
Blitt admitted the 2002 pilot was not executed properly but said he is very happy with the new script.
"This time I did it 100% the way I wanted to do it," he said.
"Becoming Glen" centers on a successful fortysomething man who looks back at 1994, when he was a 32-year-old slacker living with his parents and spending all his time lying on the couch watching TV.
"It's a screwed-up 'Wonder Years' from the perspective of (a fortysomething) going back to the magical summer when he turned 32 and became a man."
"Sadly," the project has a substantial autobiographical component, Blitt said. "Not only did I, too, live at home with my parents past the age of 30, like Glen, I have OCD, too. Though, not to toot my own horn, I personally had unpaid-for consensual intercourse at the ripe young age of 31."
Blitt said he is happy to work with McFarlane, who has earned millions of dollars from the enormous success of "Family Guy" on the DVD market and also co-created Fox's animated comedy "American Dad."
"I guess he doesn't have enough money to fill the social inadequacies in his life, so I'm happy to go and write to get him richer if that will make the deadness inside him less dead," Blitt quipped.
He also praised 20th TV presidents Dana Walden and Gary Newman for never losing faith in the project and encouraging him to take another crack at it.
Blitt's first feature, "The Ringer," directed by Barry W. Blaustein and exec produced by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, is slated to open Dec. 23.
McFarlane is repped by Endeavor; Blitt by ICM.
Nellie Andreeva writes for The Hollywood Reporter.
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