Lee Daniels continues to grow his relationship with the Fox network as the comedy pilot OUR PEOPLE has landed a pilot order. Daniels already has Empire and Star, and last summer it was announced he’s developing the drama Mason Dixon with Julian Breece at the network. Also receiving orders is the multi-camera comedy REL and the drama MIXTAPE.
Vali Chandrasekaran penned Our People, which is based on the Israeli format Nevsu: A Young Multi-Cultural Couple and follows a man from a bombastic African family who doesn’t have a word in their native language for “privacy” and his fiancee from a mid-western family as they try to build a normal life together. Though nobody can agree what that “normal” means.
Chandrasekaran executive produces alongside Daniels, Pam Williams, Marc Velez, Yossi Vassa, Shai Ben-Atar, and Liat Shavit.
Half-hour series Rel was written by Kevin Barnett, Josh Rabinowitz, and Lil Rey, who will also star as himself and inspired by his life. Lil Rel is a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come,” finds that attitude put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the South Side of Chicago who’s on a quest for love, respect, and a new barber.
Barnett, Rabinowitz, and Rel executive produce with Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) and Mike Scully, who will also serve as showrunner.
On the drama side, Mixtape hails from Annapurna Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television and is executive produced by Josh Safran (who wrote the pilot), Megan Ellison, and Sue Nagle. Ali Krug co-executive produces.
The series is a romantic musical drama that looks at a disparate group of interconnected people in contemporary Los Angeles through the lens of the music that defines who they are. Mixtape captures the different stages of love, exploring if time can heal a broken heart and if love can withstand life’s tragedies.
Emily J | Managing Editor