Thomas Haden Church (“Divorce;” “Wings”) will star in and executive produce the multi-cam comedy “The Texanist,” which is currently in development at Fox. The upcoming series is inspired by the long-running Texas Monthly column of the same name. It centers on Dave (Church), an opinionated Austin-area radio show host who “calls ‘em like he sees ‘em,” dispensing advice to Texas natives and newcomers, alike, on what he knows to be the true Texas Way of life. But the Texas Way is changing, and now Dave’s job is becoming much more complicated. Listening to advice from his wife, family and co-workers, Dave must now become the arbiter of which changes to embrace and which to reject, possibly opening his mind in the process.
Written and produced by Rob Long (“Cheers”), “The Texanist” is also executive produced by Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady for The Jackal Group; along with Courtney; Megan Creydt, “Texas Monthly” executive editor, new story platforms; and “Texas Monthly” president Scott Brown. Fox Entertainment is the studio.