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Fox orders family comedy based on U.K. hit

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The success of ABC’s Modern Family has definitely inspired the networks to step up development of family comedies. Fox – which is about to debut the family-com Raising Hope on Sept. 21 – will try again to launch Outnumbered, a laugher about a trio of kids who run their parents ragged. The project, which is based on a British version of the same name that airs on BBC 1, was first developed by Fox in 2007-08 but didn’t make it to series. At the time, the network described it as offering “Curb Your Enthusiasm-style improvised dialogue with a Malcolm in the Middle-like premise about the triumphs and travails of parenting. The adult actors are scripted, while the children’s dialogue is improvised and off-the-cuff.”

The project is from 20th Century Fox TV, which also produces Modern Family for ABC. A studio spokesman confirmed that Fox ordered a pilot. Though most are ordered around midseason, Fox picked up the pilot for Outnumbered now to get a head start on casting.