High-Profile Casualty at Fox: Network Passes on Comedy Pilot

May 10, 2012  •  Post A Comment

With Fox’s latest round of series orders, the most high-profile casualty is the Steve Levitan-produced comedy pilot "Rebounding," which was passed over by the network, reports Deadline.com.

The "Modern Family" co-creator produced the project, which was written on spec by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, the story says. The 20th Television-produced "Rebounding" was about a man recovering from the death of his fiancee via his buddies on a pickup basketball team.

Networks were concerned that the subject wouldn’t work as comedy, although Fox gave the project a pilot order, bringing Levitan back to the network. He had refused to return for several years after Fox canceled his comedy series "Back to You" after one season, according to the story.

Despite testing and screening well, the project slipped behind Mindy Kaling’s project and "Ben & Kate," formerly called "Ben Fox Is My Manny."

"Fox’s Kevin Reilly ultimately didn’t believe enough in the show to pick it up," the story notes. 20th TV is trying to shop the pilot elsewhere, the piece adds.

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