Project is "Dive. Clown. Killer."
Sutter will executive produce with Sagal and Belle Zwerdling. The show is described as a dark, absurd comedy about an 80's has-been rock diva, her dysfunctional son, who makes his living as a kid's party clown, and an assassin.
"I look at 'SOA' as being an intense drama, where the murder and mayhem are made palatable by absurd, dark humor," Sutter said. "This half-hour will be an absurd, dark comedy, where the story is fueled by murder and mayhem."
If the show is ordered to a pilot and then series, Sutter would hire a writer/executive producer to run it. The project is a potential starring vehicle for Sagal, depending on her availability with "Sons of Anarchy." The biker drama, the highest-rated series in FX history, has already been picked up for two more seasons.
The project is a co-production of Fox 21 and FX Productions, and is the first script development for Sutter under his deal with Fox 21, which was announced in February.
"Sons of Anarchy" returns Tuesday, Sept. 11, for its fifth season.