Fox Bought A Comedy Based On A This American Life Segment

Kelly Conaboy | September 28, 2011 - 2:45 pm

This American Life is obviously one of all of our favorite radio shows. Lately, every single day, I’ve been listening to old episodes of This American Life in the hours between when I am not working and when I am finally with people for the first time in the day, just to make it seem like there are people in the room with me. It’s perfect for that use and for the use of just being a very good radio program. And now Fox is going to have a (probably not very good) TV show based on one of its segments from 2006! No, not THIS SEGMENT. That was from 2007 get your facts straight. This one, from, again, Deadline:

Fox has bought a multi-camera comedy pitch based on the “Deal of a Lifetime” segment of the documentary program, with Horrible Bosses co-writer Jonathan Goldstein writing. Titled The Man Upstairs, the comedy centers on a young woman who buys a house that is advertised as a “deal of a lifetime,” but there’s one catch: the house comes along with the elderly man who owns it.

The  segment was told by TAL producer Sarah Koenig about her sister and is a very good TAL segment. You should listen to it. But this TV show is going to be by the guy that did $#*! My Dad Says. And it kind of sounds like it’s going to be pretty much a lot like $#*! My Dad Says? Soooo. Maybe it will still be good? I’m not sure why there aren’t more TV shows based on one drawn out joke from a This American Life segment, to be honest. It seems like that would happen a lot more. Where’s the show about being at a rest stop for a whole day or whatever that one was? That’s the show I want to see. Rest Stop.