It’s almost time Super Bowl Sunday and Fox is joining the party. They are moving forward with their fantasy football comedy starring Kevin Connolly. The network handed out a pilot order to Fantasy Life, the adaption of ESPN analyst Matthew Berry’s best-selling book of the same name.Fantasy Life, which landed at Fox in September with a sizable put-pilot commitment with a significant penalty attached, centers on a regular guy who lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show and is forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be. It will be written by Tim McAuliffe (Bad Teacher, Satisfaction, The Office, Up All Night), who will executive produce alongside Connolly, Berry, 3 Arts’ Jonathan Berry, Greg Walter, Michael Rotenberg and Troy Zien.
Fantasy Life will be a multicamera hybrid comedy in a vein similar to CBS/20th’s How I Met Your Mother. Berry’s Fantasy Life was published in July 2013 and became a New York Times best seller. The book chronicles Berry’s journey from a 14-year-old fantasy player to the face of fantasy sports for ESPN.com, where he serves as fantasy sports analyst and columnist. Berry, coincidentally, is a former TV writer whose credits include Fox’s Married … With Children, Roseanne, Grace Under Fire and Sports Night, among others.
An avid football fan, Connolly also directed ESPN’s hockey-themed Big Shot episode in its 30 for 30 series. For Fox, the comedy comes as the network currently carries Sunday afternoon and evening NFL games. Should Fantasy Life move forward, it would join FX’s similarly themed comedy The League.