Family Guy creator resurrects failed pilot

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.

Blitt said the 2002 pilot was not executed properly but was happy with the new script. "This time I did it 100 percent the way I wanted to do it," he said.

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.

"Sadly," the project has a substantial autobiographical component, he added. "Not only did I, too, live at home with my parents past the age of 30, like Glen, I have OCD, too. Though, not to toot my own horn, I personally had unpaid-for consensual intercourse at the ripe young age of 31."

Blitt said he was happy to work with McFarlane, who has earned millions of dollars from the enormous success of Family Guy on the DVD market and also cocreated Fox's animated comedy American Dad.

"I guess he doesn't have enough money to fill the social inadequacies in his life, so I'm happy to go and write to get him richer if that will make the deadness inside him less dead," Blitt quipped.

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