Greg Kinnear new TV project just got a pilot order at Fox along with several other projects. The network just greenlit a pilot for Rake, a comedic drama based on an Australian series.
With a pitch that’s been called a legal version of House, here’s the show’s logline: “Rake follows chaotic and comedic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Joye (Kinnear). Brilliant, frustratingly charming, and with zero filter, Keegan is one of life’s great addicts. His staggering lack of discretion and inability to self-censor land him the cases that nobody else wants, but behind that lies a resolute optimism and belief in justice that fuel his dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption. In addition to Keegan’s cases within the justice system, the show follows his personal trials and tribulations, including his ongoing battle against the IRS, his mounting debt to his bookie, overlapping affairs and liaisons with women, a hormonal son, an exhausted ex-wife and the evolving relationship between his two married best friends, Ben and Scarlett.”
This is the Little Miss Sunshine and Baby Mama actor’s first drama pilot. Rake is executive produced by Peter Duncan (creator of the original Australian series), Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Michael Wimer (2012).
Also getting orders at Fox today:
— Dads. Interesting –a multi-cam sitcom executive produced by Seth MacFarlane that received a six-episode order. Great title. Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild are the writer-executive producers. Logline: “Two successful guys in their 30’s have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them.”
— To My Assistant. Based upon the blog and upcoming book To My Assistant, by Lydia Whitlock. Logline: “Assistants at a big NY law firm band together as a family to help each other cope with the obnoxious overbearing bosses who challenge their sanity on a daily basis.” Writer-executive producers Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. EPs Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz.
— Untitled. Single-cam sitcom. Logline: “A story about a boy becoming a man, and a man becoming a father, in a time before coming of age was something you could Google.” Based upon Justin Halpern’s book I Suck at Girls (why it’s untitled, presumably). Writer-executive producers Halpern and Patrick Schumacker; Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold are executive producers.
— Friends & Family. Single cam from writer-executive producer David Rosen. Logline: “Friends and family are the best support and the worst nightmare when two very different lovers meet and try to make a long distance relationship work.” That logline sounds like it doesn’t quite make sense but it’s just awkward and takes a couple reads to get it. Based on the hit BBC series Gavin & Stacey. EPs James Corden, Ruth Jones, Henry Normal, Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner.
— House Rules. Single cam from writer-executive producers Justin Hurwitz and Andrew Gurland. Logline: “An introverted, neurotic Wisconsin family lives in a community of over-sharers.” EPs David Dobkin, Paul Young & Peter Principato.