Wilmer Valderrama by Todd Williamson/ WireImage.com Wilmer Valderrama by Todd Williamson/ WireImage.com

That '70s guy, Wilmer Valderrama, will star in The Emancipation of Ernesto, a Fox pilot about a Forrest Gump/The Jerk-like innocent, raised in a Mexican prison and now toiling in a Twinkie factory, who embarks on an epic quest to find his father in Los Angeles.

A single-camera, one-hour comedy, if picked up Emancipation would mark the first of its kind on Fox since All McBeal. "It has a really unique original tone," Susan Levison, senior VP of comedy development at Fox, tells the Hollywood Reporter. "It was a mix of real emotion with hard comedy." - Matt Mitovich

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