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Fox Buys Male-Centric Comedy From John Wells — Part of a Trend Toward Formats From One Small Country

Jul 31, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A male-focused comedy produced by John Wells has been bought by Fox, reports Deadline.com. The single-camera comedy, “Hard Up,” is based on an Israeli format.

Wells, who co-created the U.S. version of "Shameless," will executive produce "Hard Up" with Etan Frankel, who will write the script. The project is based on the Israeli show "Asfur," about four men in their 20s who struggle to keep their home in a gentrifying neighborhood, the story notes. Fox has given the project a script commitment, the piece adds.

Shows based on Israeli formats have grown in popularity, with HBO’s "In Treatment" and Showtime’s "Homeland" among the recent examples.

“Last year, two projects based on Israeli series reached pilot stage: NBC’s ‘Midnight Sun’ and the CW’s ‘Joey Dakota,’” the report notes. “Israeli concepts are getting a jump on the new development cycle with two early sales, ‘Hard Up’ and drama ‘M.I.C.E.’ at NBC, which has Film 44 producing.”

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