Between "Veronica Mars" and "Party Down," creator/writer Rob Thomas is eyeing to lock down a Cult Status Lifetime Achievement Award. Fox has greenlit Thomas' latest single camera comedy pilot "Little in Common," starring Rob Corddry ("Children's Hospital" on Adult Swim). I think potential hardcore fans are already planning the "save this show" campaign, for when it inevitably gets cancelled too soon.

One thing Thomas is trying to do to stave off early cancellation: mimic the premise of an already popular show. "Little in Common" is about three different families, and how their lives are intertwined. Sound familiarish?
It centers on the Caucasian, oh-so-proper Wellers (Corddry, Paula Marshall) who move from San Jose, CA to Austin, TX, but find that their adjustment won't be quite that easy, considering that their Latino neighbors, the Pachecos, have a radically different approach to child-rearing than they do, while their other new neighborhood acquaintances, the African American Burlesons, take sports very seriously.

How very "Modern Family"-y. "It's like'Modern Family' meets sports," Thomas pitched to Fox. "Middle America will lap this shit up." If there's no laugh track, rapid-fire jokes and only one camera, you could probably put monster trucks in there and it'll still struggle for a second season pickup. (Deadline)