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Development News: Coen Brothers Head to TV, Jon Favreau Sells Comedy & Drama Scripts

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 5th 2011 1:00PM
Coen BrothersThe Coen brothers are entering new territory: TV.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the iconic film creators are working on a new project for Fox. The project, 'Harve Karbo,' is a single-camera hour-long comedy project Joel and Ethan Coen co-created with writer Phil Johnson.

'Harve Karbo' follows a private investigator based in Los Angeles. The main character's cases usually put famous Hollywood faces in his crosshairs.

The Coen brothers, Johnson, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will executive produce the project. Johnson, writer of 'Cedar Rapids,' will pen the pilot.

In other development news ...

JoAnna Garcia has a new sitcom in the works. The 'Reba' star is re-teaming with her 'Better With You' boss Shana Goldberg-Meehan for a multi-camera comedy about a woman who moves in with her husband's family. The project received a pilot production commitment from ABC. [Deadline]

CBS is in talks with Jon Favreau for a new comedy. Favreau wrote 'Tweaked' and is set to direct and executive produce the project about about the life and dating habits of single parents in Santa Monica. This is Favreau's first TV solo script. [Deadline]

Texts From Last Night: The TV show? Fox has tapped 'Ugly Betty' creator Silvio Horta to develop a half-hour comedy based on the popular blog that features embarrassing anonymous text messages. [Deadline]

The all-star team of Jon Favreau, Roberto Orci, Seth Green and Michael Dougherty have sold a script to ABC. The sci-fi drama, 'Ex-Comm,' follows the president's team of elite minds who investigate strange happenings and conspiracy theories. Think 'West Wing' meets 'The X-Files.' Favreau, who co-wrote the project with Orci, Green and Dougherty, is set to direct the project. It's received a put pilot commitment. [Deadline]

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