Sunny gang gets Fox pilot

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The gang is headed to work for Fox. Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton, the mad geniuses behind FX's over-the-top comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, are beefing up their workload with a new project for a major network.

Fox TV has ordered a pilot of Boldly Going Nowhere, a single-camera comedy about the day-to-day operations of a spaceship in deep space, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The idea was pitched to the Sunny trio by their assistant, Adam Stein.

"All of us grew up watching Star Trek and other sci-fi series, and they're always about these adventures," McElhenney said. "We thought a great area to explore is what happens between the adventures, how the crew members take care of daily routine stuff on the spaceship."

After reading the pilot script, Fox ordered five more scripts.

"They knocked out a script that completely leapt out of the pile," Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. "It has Fox sensibility, it's very character-driven, it's politically incorrect, it's an amazing comedy--high-concept but not a spoof."

However, don't think It's Always Sunny--which has been picked up for a fourth season--will suffer. McElhenney, Day, and Howerton will keep their day jobs and make Sunny their number-one priority. Once Boldly gets its ball rolling, a veteran show runner will be attached to the series.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is expected to return this fall to FX. The comedy follows a group of bar-owning friends and their misadventures (which cover such light-hearted topics as disabilities, racism, abortion, drug addiction, and Nazis) in the City of Brotherly Love.

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