If you had synchronized swimming in the “which aquatic sport will get a network sitcom first” pool, then you just came up aces.
Fox has given a put-pilot commitment to a currently-untitled sitcom about synchronized swimming. A put-pilot is a commitment by a network to air a pilot or face substantial financial penalties.
The show will be written by Ian Brennan (Glee, Scream Queens) and Diablo Cody (Juno, Ricki and the Flash) and will feature a single-camera format. The story will be about Marion Lolo- who has 26 synchronized swimming medals, a restraining order against her, and no friends.
Aquatic athletes have played as roles in a few television shows in the United States, including Pretty Little Liars; and internationally has been a central influence, as in the Australian drama Barracuda. No scripted American show focusing on an aquatic sports has ever been given a spotlight spot in network prime-time that we’re aware of, however.
The show will be produced by Century Fox TV in conjunction with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.
The show will have a female lead – part of a new focus for Fox to build off the success of New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel.