A pilot for a workplace comedy series based on the bestselling autobiographical book Fantasy Life, by ESPN analyst Matthew Berry, is being developed for Fox.
The story follows Mitch, an ordinary guy who is thrilled when his dream of hosting a fantasy football show comes true. Although this is an amazing opportunity and he discovers that he really does have what it takes to be a star, there is a downside. Mitch must find a way to navigate tricky office politics while adjusting to his highly coveted new job.
Kevin Connolly (Entourage) stars as Mitch, in this multi-camera hybrid comedy, which is being compared to How I Met Your Mother. Connolly will also serve as one of the project’s executive producers, alongside Berry. Another of the show’s executive producers is Tim McAuliffe, who will also be writing the series. McAuliffe has written for a number of TV comedies over the years, but he’s probably best known for his work on The Office and Up All Night.
Published in 2013, Fantasy Life chronicles Berry’s personal journey from 14-year-old player to his high-profile career as fantasy sports analyst and columnist for ESPN.com. Berry is also an accomplished sitcom writer, having written episodes of popular shows like Married with Children, Desperate Housewives and Last Man Standing. There is no word yet on whether he will be involved in writing the Fantasy Life series—assuming it gets picked up by the network.
Connolly’s knowledge of sports will likely be an asset. Not only is the actor/filmmaker a big football fan, he directed the hockey-themed episode Big Shot for ESPN’ s series 30 for 30.