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J.J. Abrams producing comedy for Fox

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 23rd 2009 9:25AM

J.J. AbramsI guess even J.J. Abrams needs to lighten things up now and then. With shows like Fringe, Lost and Alias, and movies like Star Trek, Cloverfield and Mission Impossible III on his impressive resume, maybe he needs a break from the sci-fi / action / drama genres.

Now he's exec producing an untitled, half-hour comedy for Fox. It's written by Mike Markowitz (who's worked on Becker and It's All Relative), but other than that, details are few and far between. The tagline is that it'll be "a comedic medical show." Hmmm, so maybe like Scrubs?

All I know is, he's going to have to do some pretty fancy footwork to make it stand out from the crowd. Granted, there aren't that many true medical comedies, but the medical drama genre is darn crowded, with Nurse Jackie, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Hawthorne, Trauma, Mercy, Three Rivers, and House sharing small-screen time. I'm sure there are others I'm not thinking of at the moment.

Maybe he figures that since Scrubs is in its waning years -- unless it gets a serious reboot and goes on forever -- we'll be ripe for a new medical comedy.

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