Fox has picked up the put pilot “The Church of Reggie” from “Arrested Development” alumnus Chuck Tatham about a guy who starts his own religion.
Imagine principal Ron Howard originally came up with the idea and pitched it to Tatham, whom he knew from their “Arrested” days. The project revolves around Reggie Fender, a young man who has kept an optimistic look on life even after experiencing a number of personal struggles. His take on life eventually catches on with others — and all of a sudden he finds himself preaching his own religion.
Imagine TV will produce, along with 20th Century Fox. Tatham is currently working as a co-executive producer on Fox’s “Back to You.”
Howard will serve as an executive producer on “Reggie,” representing his first TV comedy since “Arrested,” as well as the first major comedy pilot coming from Imagine (which has sold a slew of dramas) this development season. Tatham will also executive produce, along with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and TV president David Nevins.
“I have no interest in taking potshots at organized religion in any form,” Tatham said. “My interest is in personal beliefs, whatever gets you through the night. There is a fairly significant number of people looking for ways to survive emotionally and philosophically.”