[02/21/07 - 12:52 AM] Development Update: Wednesday, February 21 Updates include: CBS, NBC and FOX add comedy pilots, directors set on a dozen half-hours and Marc Cherry to remain with "Housewives" through May 2011.
STATUS: previously in development (2007-2008 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from FOX's press release) Imagine you get a call from the hospital, informing you that your father has had an accident. You rush to the emergency room, you wait, you worry. Turns out he's fine, thank goodness. But as he's wheeled out, another family rushes up to him, calling him "Pop" and "Dad," and you realize "Oh my God, my father is one of those creepy guys with two secret families. My dad's a bigamist!" DAVID CAMPBELL SR. (Beau Bridges, "Stargate SG-1," "Into the West," "The Fabulous Baker Boys"), a widower (twice over), is the father of two motley crews of adult siblings. His offspring in Appleton, Wisconsin, are type A real estate agent JUDITH (Geneva Carr, "Law & Order"); her younger sister SUSAN (Samantha Bee, "The Daily Show"), a bitter divorcee whose first husband turned out to be gay; and Susan's twin brother DAVID 1 (Carlos Jacott, "She Spies," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"), who's a college professor and bike enthusiast. Sixty miles away in (less desirable) Rhinelander, there are three more Campbell offspring: antisocial animal lover IRENE (Lucy Punch, "The Class," "Stingray"), who dotes on the neediest, but not necessarily most deserving, creatures; DAVID 2 (Sean O'Bryan, "The Princess Diaries," "Six Feet Under"), athletic and spiritual; and youngest brother GREG (Christopher Denham, "Headspace"), a comic book aficionado who's known as "the Anemic Baby" because of his many phantom ailments. For years, the Appleton Campbells knew nothing about David Sr.'s family in Rhinelander. And the Campbells in Rhinelander knew nothing about the Appleton clan. Now that they all know, no one is happy about it except David Sr., who feels that a huge weight has been lifted. Make that two huge weights he no longer has to keep his big secret, and he no longer has to cover two mortgages. But how is he going to bring everyone together? Dysfunctional family dynamics just got more dysfunctional. This is a show about getting to know your family all of them in a whole new context. From 20th Century Fox Television and HBO Independent Productions, TWO FAMILIES was written by Barbara Wallace and Tom Wolfe ("Welcome to New York").