FRINGE Producers and THE SHIELD Writer Sell Western Series to Fox, and TBS Orders Pilot with Comedian Steve Byrne from Producer Vince Vaughn

     September 30, 2011


Here’s two more new series in development that will be vying for a slot on next year’s TV schedule. First up, THR has word on a new western series that just sold to Fox. The untitled project is said to explore the origins of Wyatt Earp, focusing on the well-known events in his life like the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral and details about his brothers bringing order to a lawless frontier. The Shield writer John Hlavin is behind the script while Fringe producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will executive produce. With these names attached, it’s makes it much more likely that this will be a big project at next year’s upfronts presentation. Of course, with AMC’s track record, this new project will likely have to work hard to top the forthcoming western series Hell on Wheels.

Details on a new TBS sitcom with comedian Steve Byrne after the jump.

Though the network is clogged with Tyler Perry series, Deadline reports TBS is branching out their comedy tastes again with a new series featuring comedian Steve Byrne. Sullivan and Son, which will be executive produced by Vince Vaughn and his friend/collaborator Peter Billingsley (Ralphie from A Christmas Story). Byrne wrote the pilot himself with Rob Long, a writer from Cheers, who will also executive producer and serves as showrunner. The presence of Long makes sense when you hear the series takes place in a popular and legendary neighborhood bar in a working-class neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It centers on Steve Sullivan (Byrne), the son of the current owner of the bar and the grandson of its founder, who surprises his Irish-American father and his Korean-American mother when he decides to leave his job as a successful corporate attorney in New York and return to the old neighborhood to take over the titular family bar. Though it’s going to be hard to live up to an iconic series like Cheers, you don’t see too many comedies like this anymore, so I’m interested to see how it turns out.