Comedians Steve Agee (of “The Sarah Silverman Program”) and Rob Schrab (a director on “Children’s Hospital” and one of the co-founders of Channel 101) are co-writing an untitled coming-of-age comedy now in development at FX. According to Deadline, the project comes via Jack Black‘s production company Electric Dynamite and is “tonally similar to cult fave ‘Freaks And Geeks.'”
The series is based on Agee’s experiences as a kid who was sent to a military academy in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, by his parents in the ’80s — the school where they filmed the 1981 Sean Penn-Tom Cruise-Timothy Hutton drama “Taps.” Agee talked about ending up in military school on The Mental Illness Happy Hour, describing how it was there that he had his first panic attack and that his parents shipped him off after he’d discovered drinking and gotten himself kicked out of various high schools as a teenager: “In the ’80s there was a big theme in those teen comedies: ‘If you don’t straighten up, you’re going to military school!’ It was always a threat — you never saw that shit.”
Agee said, “One of the final straws was me cutting the roof off the shop teacher’s Cadillac with a welding torch, which he didn’t find really funny,” and added, “my parents did not know what to do with me.”
Black, Priyanka Mattoo and Carolyn Bernstein of Shine America are executive producers on the project.