[Updated on 8/17/11 at 2:20 p.m. PT, to include Fox response to TVWeek that Fox Broadcasting is NOT bidding on the show, contrary to the Deadline report. Thus we have changed both our headline and story to reflect the Fox denial.]
ABC and NBC are reportedly in a bidding war over a certain new TV project, with both networks offering major commitments, according to Deadline.com. CBS has not heard the pitch for the show, the report says.
The object of their desire is an untitled comedy from comedian Sarah Silverman and Imagine/20th Century Fox, which we reported on several months back.
In Deadline’s original report, our friend Nellie Andreeva wrote that she had also heard that Fox Broadcasting was in "hot pursuit" of the show. A Fox spokeswoman contacted TVWeek after we also noted that part of the Deadline story, to say that that was not true.
Helping to fuel the interest by at least two of the major networks is that Imagine principal Ron Howard has taken an interest in the show, which is a single-camera effort loosely based on Silverman’s life. While Howard’s partner Brian Grazer generally handles Imagine’s TV projects, Howard reportedly has been involved personally in all the network pitches for the series.
Silverman is writing the show with Dan Sterling and Jon Schroeder, who were also involved in her Comedy Central show.