TV News: Jason Jones to Star in Fox Comedy Produced by Steve Carell; ABC Buys Zach Braff Ensemble Comedy

     October 24, 2012


As we move closer toward pilot season, two new high profile comedies have headed into development.  First up, The Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones will write and potentially star in an untitled family comedy at Fox.  THR reports that another Daily Show vet, Steve Carell, will executive produce the series alongside About a Boy and New Moon director Chris Weitz.  The story revolves around a single guy with no desire for having a family who is forced to take care of his sister’s two kids when she’s called back to active duty.  Should the show get picked up, Jones would likely (and sadly) leave The Daily Show.

Hit the jump for news concerning Zach Braff’s return to the small screen.

zach-braff-garage-bandsAdditionally, Scrubs star Zach Braff is coming back to television in a big way.  Per Deadline, Braff has sold a single-camera comedy series to ABC that he will write, direct, and executive produce.  Titled Garage Bar, the show “is said to combine a workplace idea with the heart and humor of Garden State,” as it centers on a group of friends who experience the ups and downs of fame when one of them becomes a pop star.  The half-hour show was sought after by multiple networks, but ABC came out the victor.

This is welcome news to fans of Garden State, as Braff hasn’t penned any produced material since his fantastic 2004 feature directorial debut.  He has some experience directing in television, having previously helmed seven episodes of the long-running comedy series Scrubs.  The premise for Garage Bar is a tad Entourage-esque, but I’m inclined to believe that Braff will bring the same warmth and humor to the new series that he did to Garden State.  Maybe some of his musically-inclined buddies could even stop by?  The actor will next be seen in Sam Raimi’s big-budget prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful in March.

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