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10/22/14 - 5/7/15
previously in development (2015-2016 season)
ordered to pilot
network passed on 5/7/15
(from ABC's press release, March 2015) Fortune Ferguson (Fortune Feimster) has a lot going right in her life. She's a popular Health and Fitness Teacher in her hometown of Belmont, North Carolina and is surrounded by friends and family. But there's something missing in her life. Fortune's never had too much luck with guys. As Fortune herself puts it love, companionship - all that dumb crap - has eluded her. Things come to a head during Fortune's 28th birthday celebration at a local margarita bar. Cajoled into doing body shots off a hot bartender by her overbearing mom Ginger (Annie Potts), Fortune has a moment of total clarity. As she tells the bar: she's gay. As gay as all hell, y'all. Fortune's public revelation sends shockwaves through her Southern family. Ginger is astonished, but then quickly accepts Fortune's gayness. Maybe too much. Within a day she's plastered her house with rainbow flags and posters of gay icons, having realized that gay culture will allow Ginger ample opportunity to dance on a float, something she's always dreamed of. Ginger has a way of making everything, including Fortune's life-changing epiphany, about herself. Fortune is more worried about telling her dad Mike (John Carroll Lynch). A janitor at Fortune's school, Mike is taciturn and tough. Divorced from Ginger, he likes to keep his life simple and his worldview small. Fortune once tried to buy him a cappuccino machine and he promptly used it as target practice. Fortune's good-hearted but naïve brother Tyler and his wife Nichole agree with Fortune - Mike may not be able to accept who she is. And worse, the man has a way of cutting things out of his life. Exhibit A is Gordon, Mike's dog, who peed on Mike's truck in 2007. Mike hasn't spoken to him since. And as Tyler points out, being gay is way worse than peeing on a truck. Will Fortune lose her dad? After a quickly aborted attempt to force herself to be straight with her best friend Steven, Fortune realizes she has no choice but to risk her relationship with her father and tell him who she is. Fortune gathers the family together to come out to her Dad, not realizing that her family may have some secrets of their own. "Family Fortune" is based on the life and stand-up of Fortune Feimster. Written by Feimster and Matt Hubbard, it is executive produced by Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and David Miner.
· Annie Potts as Ginger
· Chris Redd as Steven
· Fortune Feimster as Fortune
· John Carroll Lynch as Mike
· Lacey Chabert as Nichole
· Parker Young as Tyler
· David Miner as EP
· Fortune Feimster as CRTR/CO-EP
· Mark Cendrowski as DIR (Pilot)
· Matt Hubbard as CRTR/EP
· Robert Carlock as EP
· Tina Fey as EP
· comedy (all)
· comedy (multi-camera)
· 3 Arts Entertainment
· Universal Television