CBS Greenlights Pilot of Rick Fox Esports Comedy

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CBS has greenlit a pilot to a comedy about former co-owner of Echo Fox, Rick Fox, and his experience in the esports industry, according to a report by Deadline. Both Fox and Dan Kopelman, creator of CBS comedy series Me, Myself, & I, are behind the project, which is being produced by Kapital Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV.

Fox and Kopelman are listed as the executive producers of the comedy along with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplin and Dana Honor. As of now, the comedy remains untitled.

For those unfamiliar with the television industry, a put pilot is a pilot that the network is committed to air either as a special or series, essentially guaranteeing the pilot will be picked up by the network.

The comedy centers on a retired basketball star who wishes to reconnect with his son by owning an esports franchise. The story echoes Fox's experience in esports after he started Echo Fox in 2015.

Viewers should expect Fox's attempt to adjust to the gaming industry alongside his embrace of the new experience with open arms, much like an out-of-touch father trying to relate to his son depicted in the show. However, the turbulence and drama that plagued his spot in the industry for the past year also seem like the perfect target for jokes in the comedy.