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Fox Orders Workplace Comedies From Will Ferrell, ‘1600 Penn’ Co-Creator

Network gives pilot orders to ”LA—>VEGAS“ from writer Lon Zimmet and ”Type A“ from Lesley Wake-Webster

Fox has given pilot orders to the workplace comedies “LA—>Vegas”  and “Type A,” the network announced on Monday.

Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, “LA—>Vegas” is set on the Friday night flight from LAX to Vegas and the returning flight on Sunday. The ensemble comedy centers on a group of underdogs trying to find their place in the world and all share the same goal: to come back a winner in the casino of life.

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” alum Lon Zimmet serves as writer and executive producer alongside Ferrell, McKay and Chris Henchy of Gary Sanchez. The project hails from Twentieth Century Fox Television.

“Type A” is written and executive produced by Lesley Wake-Webster, and is loosely based on the book “Assholes: A Theory” by Aaron James, who will serve as consultant on the pilot.

The office comedy follows a group of consultants hand-picked to do the dirty work most professionals can’t handle: layoffs, downsizing, generally delivering horrible news. To everyone else, they’re the enemy – to each other, they’re family.

“1600 Penn” co-creator Jason Winer will direct the pilot from Twentieth Century Fox Television and Small Dog Picture Company.

The two comedies join Fox’s previous pilot orders: The paranormal sitcom “Ghosted,” starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott; “Thin Ice” from “New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether, which follows a woman who travels to Antarctica and must contend with a crew of misfits; and “Linda From HR,” a single-camera comedy about a human resources rep whose life descends into a dangerous tailspin of balancing work life, home life and a secret that could unravel everything.

On the drama side, the network has a reboot of “Behind Enemy Lines,” an adaptation of Justin Cronin’s vampire novel “The Passage,” an untitled X-Men drama directed by Bryan Singer, Antoine Fuqua’s “The Resident” and Sheldon Turner’s “Controversy.” Seth Macfarlane’s space epic “Orville” has also been ordered straight to series.