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Tennis TV comedy coming to Fox

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Greg Daniels

Greg Daniels has worked on Saturday Night Live, The Office, and The Simpsons. (Jason Redmond/AP)

Did you ever watch The Office and think “Man, I like this show, but you know what would make me love it? More tennis.” Well have I got some good news for you.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Greg Daniels, the creator of the American version of The Office, has sold a comedy about a down-and-out professional tennis player to Fox.

The untitled single-camera comedy revolves around Richie, a mediocre professional tennis player who returns to his college town — the scene of his greatness — in order to reboot his life. There, he’s caught between a lifestyle he never got to live — embodied by his carefree, bar owning younger brother Tom — and Kristen, the love of his life whom he’ll have to grow up for in order to get.

No one has been able to do tennis justice on the big screen — while we try and forget this, we know we can never escape it — but there’s good reason to believe that Daniels could turn it around for TV. He is, after all, also the man behind NBC’s critically-acclaimed Parks and Recreation, and a former writer for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. Surely he understands the treasure trove of comedy that can be mined from tennis.

I mean, if 30 Rock can do it, surely Greg Daniels can.

  • Published On Dec 17, 2012
  • 4 comments
    OraReed
    OraReed

    I hope that "real" tennis stars make a showing or the show won't stand a chance.

    ColleenTaylor
    ColleenTaylor

    Agreed that WIMBLEDON, the movie, was not great.  But it might be a little better than PLAYERS (1979) with Ali Macgraw and Dean-Paul Martin.  Of course, that isn't saying much.

    MichaelChacon
    MichaelChacon

    I don't know if it's "justice", but "Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach" is twisted, raunchy fun. And Vince van Patten played some tennis in "Three For the Road". Both are better than "Wimbledon", if the reviews are anywhere near correct (never saw it; glad I didn't).

    kpol
    kpol

    I love tennis, but also think that The Office and Parks and Recreation are two of the most overrated comedies ever done, so I hope this new comedy is better.