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Family Guy creator resurrects failed pilot

(Posted December 12, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

Seth McFarlane will help pull Becoming Glen out of the dustbin.

Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane is venturing into live-action comedy.

McFarlane has teamed with writer-producer Ricky Blitt, a Family Guy alumnus, to resurrect Blitt's 2002 comedy pilot Becoming Glen. The reworked project has become a hot item, with CBS, NBC, and Fox vying for it.


The latter network actually ordered a pilot for Becoming Glen, starring Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), during the 2001-02 development season, but it did not make the cut.


However, it gained an instant cult status and attracted the attention of McFarlane, who subsequently came on board to executive-produce a new version with Blitt.


Becoming Glen centers on a successful forty-something man who looks back at 1994, when he was a 32-year-old slacker living with his parents and spending all his time lying on the couch watching TV.


"It's a screwed-up Wonder Years from the perspective of (a forty-something) going back to the magical summer when he turned 32 and became a man," said Blitt.


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