Fox Announces ‘Short-Com Comedy Hour’ for Summer 2013

Collection of "short-form sitcoms" will be used to develop full-blown series

Fox is hoping to redefine alternative comedy with its newly announced endeavor, "The Short-Com Comedy Hour."

Slated to launch in Summer 2013, "The Short-Com Comedy Hour" will represent "a contemporary spin on multi-camera comedy and an alternative development platform," Fox said Wednesday.

Each episode will deliver four "short-coms" — short for "short-form sitcoms" — that will feature both established and upcoming actors and comedians in one-act scenes.

The idea, Fox said, is to commission "the most fully realized" of the short vignettes to series and build the network's multi-camera stable.

“We are basically ripping open the traditional scripted comedy development process with 'The Short-Com Comedy Hour,'” Fox Broadcasting Company president of entertainment Kevin Reilly said. “Our end goal is to provide distinct comedy voices with a world-class platform to experiment, grow and perfect their ideas and to hopefully build them into mainstream comedy hits in the future."

Additional details on "Short-Com Comedy Hour" will be divulged in future announcements.