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Patton Oswalt Is Developing a New Fox Sitcom

The quest to bring the very funny Patton Oswalt back to network TV continues: Vulture hears that Fox is developing a half-hour single-camera comedy series as a showcase for Oswalt's on- and off-camera skills. Oswalt has teamed with former Mr. Show writer Scott Aukerman to write and executive produce a comedy series in which Oswalt would star as a man whose wife of twenty years splits, forcing him to reenter the dating world and fend for himself. Oswalt and Aukerman have collaborated before, with Oswalt regularly appearing at Comedy Death-Ray, the L.A. alternative comedy showcase (and podcast!) curated by Aukerman. The duo's TV project, which is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV and American Work's Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan, comes three years after Oswalt ended his run on King of Queens, and months after NBC and Lorne Michaels hired (and then un-hired) Oswalt to star opposite Matthew Broderick in the ultimately failed comedy pilot Beach Lane.