Fox Takes on New Ron Howard Comedy

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A new comedy from Ron Howard (“Arrested Development”) set at an Internal Revenue Service district office has landed at Fox. The pilot will be written by Brent Forrester, writer/director of NBC’s “The Office.” Forrester and Howard are executive producing with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and David Nevins.

“The one thing that unites all Americans is their suspicion and hatred for the IRS,” Forrester said. “That makes the characters on the show underdogs, because outside the office everyone is suspicious of them.”

The IRS agent at the center “is trying hard to believe that his job is good and noble and provides a very important, vital service,” Forrester added. “In essence, it’s a group of eclectic characters who have come to the job from different paths and who represent different points of view and different voices.”