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Ron Howard Working on New Show

His previous pet TV project, the single-camera comedy “Arrested Development,” became one of the most acclaimed series of the past decade.

Now, Ron Howard is back with a new idea for a comedy series, this time in the multicamera genre.

The show, a workplace comedy set at an Internal Revenue Service district office, landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment and one of the biggest penalties so far this season, estimated in the range of $650,000.

It will be written by Brent Forrester, writer-director on another workplace comedy, NBC’s single-camera “The Office.”

Fox brass was so high on the 20th TV/Imagine project that they bought it pre-emptively before it could be pitched to other networks.

Forrester and Howard are executive producing with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and David Nevins.

“It’s an idea Ron had toyed with for many years as a feature,” Nevins said. “Eventually, Brian and I convinced him it would be better as a TV show.”

The three met with several writers until hitting it off with Forrester.

“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 said.

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