Ron Howard developing IRS sitcom


Is the IRS funny? Famed director Ron Howard thinks so.

Howard and his producing partner, Brian Grazer, are the team behind the critically-acclaimed and ratings-challenged “Arrested Development.” Howard may need to tap that blend of hysterical awkwardness with his new sitcom, which will be centered around an Internal Revenue Service field office. Trade publication The Hollywood Reporter first announced the project.

The show has a pilot commitment with Fox, which means the network will pay to develop the first episode of the show, known as a pilot, and will pay a penalty to Howard and Grazer should it not pick up the pilot for air. Howard hired Brent Forrester, a writer-director on NBC’s “The Office,” to write the pilot.

Forrester had kind words for IRS’ employees, describing the boss in the show as “trying hard to believe that his job is good and noble and provides a very important, vital service.”

The one thing that unites all Americans is their suspicion and hatred for the IRS. That makes the characters on the show underdogs, because outside the office everyone is suspicious of them.”

Do you think this show sounds like a promising sitcom? Would you watch? Or do you think Americans don’t want to watch feds at work?


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  1. Ron Howard needs to hire some ex/retired-IRS employees to provide some technical expertise and first-hand believe-it-or-not situations for his creative writers. However, he will have to have to give the ex/retired-IRSs pseudo names and hide them behind disguises and screens or unfortunately, under RRA98 the Service would most likely go after them. In fact, he could build a whole first season using RRA98, lost refunds, erroneous refunds, NTEU relations and computer glitch scenarios. It would be a hilarious series.

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